Action begun today at the IFSC World Cup in Wujiang in China ©Eddie Fowke/IFSC/Twitter

Austria's Jakob Schubert laid down a marker by topping the men's lead qualification standings on the opening day of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup in Wujiang in China.

The World Cup rankings leader posted a score of 1.58 points on the outdoor climbing wall set up in the city.

His nearest challenger, Stefano Ghisolfi of Italy, finished second with 4.06 points, while France’s Romain Desgranges came third with 4.58.

It was a similar story in the women’s lead with World Cup rankings leader Janja Garnbret of Slovenia being involved in a four-way tie for first place on 3.35 points.

South Korea’s Kim Jain, Japan’s Akiyo Noguchi and Austria’s Jessica Pilz, the lead world gold medallist and Garnbret’s closest challenger in the World Cup rankings, all achieved the same score.

In men’s speed, Russia’s Aleksandr Shikov was the strongest qualifier with 5.910 points.

He was followed by Indonesia’s Aspar Jaelolo with 5.922 points and France’s Bassa Mawem, who sits third in the World Cup rankings, with 5.923.

World Cup rankings leader Danyil Boldyrev of Ukraine finished in eighth place, while nearest challenger Dmitrii Timofeev of Russia occupied fourth spot.

Mariia Krasavina led a Russian one-two finish in women’s speed qualification ahead of Iuliia Kaplina.

Krasavina managed 7.874 points, which was just 0.003 more than her compatriot.

Both are attempting to chase down France’s World Cup rankings leader Anouck Jaubert, who had to settle for fifth place.

Indonesia’s Aries Susanti Rahayu completed the top three with 7.910 points.

The finals in all four events are scheduled to take place tomorrow.

After the Wujiang event, the IFSC World Cup season will remain in China for the concluding competition in Xiamen on October 27 and 28.