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Encouraging start for the local athletes

The start of the FISU World University Championship Sport Climbing in Innsbruck could not have gone better.

In imperial weather on Tuesday morning, all 6 red-white-red athletes were able to confidently qualify for the lead semifinals of the best 26 athletes. 


"There were very good performances from our athletes all the way through. We didn't know exactly what to expect because there have been no reference routes for this level so far. This was also a challenge for the route builders. It was pleasing that all six athletes made it to the semifinals. There we definitely want to attack again," reported KVÖ coach Kilian Fischhuber. 


With the Lead Qualification the sportive part of the FISU World University Championship Sport Climbing started on Tuesday. Georg Parma (University of Graz) showed two solid qualifying routes (33+ and 42+) and moved into the semifinals, which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m., in fifth place without any problems. His teammate Roman Neuwirth (Graz University of Technology) also followed suit and qualified for the round of the best 26 athletes with 20th place (21+ and 27+). 


"The level is very high, even though it is a mixed starting field. Some participants are already successful in the top sport, others do it semi-professionally. With the survived qualification the first important step is done, now it is important to perform again in the semifinals and to show the best possible performance. My goal is clearly the final, and I'll be fighting hard for that again tomorrow. For me it is a great test run for the upcoming World Cup next week", Parma explained after his qualification round. 


In the men's event the qualification was firmly in Japanese hands. Taisei Homma (2x top) eventually prevailed just ahead of his teammates Ao Yurikusa (top and 45) and Hidemasa Nishida (42 and top). "A great day, two super routes and a really good performance. It couldn't have gone better for me," Homma said happily after his two tops in qualifying. 


Four wins and makes you want more 


In the women's event, all 4 Austrian athletes were also happy to make it to the semifinals, even though the qualification was dominated by the Japanese - just like in the men's event. The first 4 places went to the female students from Japan, who were able to top all two routes. In the end, Ryu Nakagawa placed first ahead of her compatriots Miu Kakizaki and Nonoha Kume, while Mattea Pötzi (University of Innsbruck) and Julia Fiser (University of Innsbruck) also placed in the top field with 5th and 6th places and are in waiting position. 


"It was a really cool experience. I know a lot of the volunteers from the university, so it was really a very familiar environment. The routes weren't really spectacular, it was a lot about fitness and groin lifting. In the semifinals, the difficulty will certainly be increased a bit, since there were some tops in the qualification. It was really fair and great conditions for all of us this morning. Now we have to recover well, so that we can show a good performance again tomorrow and make it to the final", Pötzi (48 and 40+) summed up. 


With Hannah Schubert (University of Innsbruck) in 11th place and Celina Schoibl (University of Innsbruck) in 17th place, another Austrian climbing duo made it to the semifinals.


Innsbruck 2022 World University Championship Sport Climbing
Universität Innsbruck
UNI Sport Austria