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Favourites march into the final in bouldering

Brazil women survive penalty shoot-out in beach soccer.
Slovenia's Urska Repusic Faces A Tough Task On Her Third Challenge In The Bouldering Competitions
Slovenia’s Urska Repusic faces a tough task on her third challenge in the bouldering competitions at the Aspire Park on Sunday.IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

There was plenty of excitement and curiosity as competitions in bouldering were held at the ANOC World Beach Games on Sunday. The temporary gallery at the Aspire Park was almost full as many turned up to cheer on the contestants.

And as the competitors lined up one after another for their turn to climb the wall and action began the level of curiosity subsided. Though bouldering falls under rock climbing, there is much less risk in it because the competitors do not have negotiate any steep natural formations or cliffs. They also do not use any safety equipment like ropes or harnesses. Bouldering is all about gaining good footing and grip. The climb is still challenging and the competitors use smart manoeuvres to outwit their rivals.

Out of the 19 women who lined up only six qualified for the final. World No. 3 and Japan’s Miho Nonaka led the field with a gritty performance, followed by Switzerland’s Petra Klinger. Four other women who also made the final round were Italy’s Camilla Moroni, Taipei’s Ying JHung Lee, Germany’s Lilli Kiesgen and Slovenia’s Urska Repusic.

In the men’s category, 2018 world champion and favourite Kai Harada of Japan topped the list of six contenders who made it to the final. France’s Arthur Tenant and Mickael Mawem, Japan’s Keita Watabe, Great Britain’s Nathan Phillips and Germany’s Martin Philipp were the others.

In the women’s beach soccer competition, an upset was on the cards when favourites Brazil were held 4-4 by Mexico in regular time as well as extra time. But Brazil escaped by the skin of their teeth, winning 4-3 on penalties.

Their men’s counterparts had it relatively easy, emerging 7-5 winners over the UAE.

Paige Boeckers Of The Us Dribbles Past Ileana Nivar Del Rosario Of The Dominican Republic
Paige Boeckers of the US dribbles past Ileana Nivar Del Rosario of the Dominican Republic in their Group A basketball match at Katara on Sunday. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

In basketball, USA continued their amazing run in Group A, trouncing Dominican Republic 22-5 and Jordan 22-4.

France’s 15-year-old prodigy Maxime Roux exploded in the men’s wakeboard competition leaving his more experienced rivals far behind with a strong performance. He is now a favourite for one of the medals. In the women’s qualifiers, European champion Sanne Meijer of the Netherlands set herself up for a podium finish by progressing to the final.

The qualifying rounds were held in the women’s Waterski Jump while the men’s preliminaries were cancelled due to high winds.