Russia's Alexey Dengin and South Korea's Shin Woonseon have qualified strongest for the respective men's and women's lead finals at the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Ice Climbing World Cup leg in Hohhot.
The top 18 climbers in both the men's and women's events competed in today's semi-finals in the Chinese city.
The best eight finishers advanced to tomorrow's finals with Dengin joined in the men's by Iran’s Mohammadreza Safdarian Korouyeh, Canada's Noah Beek, fellow Russians Nikolai Kuzovlev, Alexey Tomilov, Maksim Tomilov and Dmitriy Grebennikov, and South Korea's Lee Young Geon.
Shin, meanwhile, will contest the women's showdown along with Ireland's Eimir McSwiggan, Russians Maria Tolokonina, Ekaterina Vlasova, Mariia Edler and Nadezda Gallyamova, Canada's Ineke Rhebergen and Finland's Enni Bertling.
The finals are scheduled to be held tomorrow.
Qualification and semi-finals in the speed duel events also took place today.
Russia dominated proceedings and will be represented by seven of the eight athletes in the final round of the men's event and all eight of the athletes in the final round of the women's event.
Anton Nemov topped the men's semi-final standings with 19.09 points.
Ivan Spitsyn finished second with 19.90 points, while Kuzovlev came third with 21.70.
Safdarian Korouyeh was the only non-Russian to qualify for the final round after the Iranian ranked seventh in the semi-finals.
In the women's semi-finals, Ekaterina Koshcheeva finished first with 27.50 points and was followed in the standings by Natalia Belyaeva with 28.85 and Tolokonina with 36.98.
The last round of both the men's and women's events are split into quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals.