Switzerland's European champion Sascha Lehmann posted the best score in the men's semi-final ©IFSC/Daniel Gajda

Natalia Grossman and Sascha Lehmann were the best qualifiers for tomorrow's lead finals at the International Sport Climbing Federation (IFSC) World Cup in Chamonix. 

American Grossman was one of nine women to achieve a top, and with only eight places in the final available, home climber Nolwenn Arc missed out.

France's Julia Chanourdie did make the final, however, along with Aleksandra Totkova of Bulgaria, Russian Dinara Fakhritdinova, Slovenia's Vita Lukan, Laura Rogora from Italy, American Ashima Shiraishi and Japan's Natsuki Tanii.

Slovenia's Lučka Rakovec, who had been the best climber in the first phase of qualification, was among those to miss out.

In the men’s semi-final, Switzerland's European champion Lehmann took top spot with a score of 47+ and was followed closely by Italy's Stefano Ghisolfi on 46.

American Sean Bailey - victorious at the last IFSC World Cup across the Swiss border in Villars - was fifth, scoring 43 as the men's route proved more taxing.

France's Paul Jenft, Slovenia’s Luka Potocar, Canadian Victor Baudrand, Marcello Bombardi of Italy and Czech Martin Stranik complete the final line-up.

Both the men's and women's finals are due to take place tomorrow evening at the French resort.