In the second round, the head-to-head elimination that paves the way to the quarter-finals, Libor Hroza comfortably beat Volodymyr Zinchenko as the Ukrainian fell. Russia’s Sergei Sinitcyn qualified by beating Danylo Boldyrev who was also eliminated for having fallen. Poland’s Marcin Dzienski beat Frenchman Yoann Le Couste, while Russia’s Evgenii Vaitcekhovskii beat his teammate Arseniy Shevchenko. In the Chinese battle between reigning World Champion Qixin Zhong and Lincai Zhong, as expected it was the former who qualified; Lincai’s fall meant that Qixin could climb slowly and therefore save energy for the this evenings finals. Someone who raced extremely quickly here today was Leonardo Gontero: the Italian champion sped up in 6″43 to beat Poland’s Lukasz Swirk and also record the fastest time in this heat. The list of 8 who have qualified for the semifinals is completed by Poland’s Jedrzej Komosinski who eliminated Yaroslav Gontaryk from the Ukraine, and Russia’s Stanislav Kokorin who beat local hope Alessandro Santoni.
The women’s competition was dominated by the impressive Russian squad, as a remarkable 6 athletes (Alina Gaidamakina, Iuliia Kaplina, Kseniya Polekhina, Anna Tsyganova, Mariia Krasavina and Yuliya Levochkina) qualified. In the other “non-Russian” duels, France’s Anouck Jaubert beat Italy’s Martina Zanetti, while Poland’s Monika Prokopiuk beat Austria’s Stefanie Pichler into the quarter finals.