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Olympic sport climbing qualified countries

Sun 25 July 2021 | 13:30

The new Olympic sport has already gained its reputation among the fans. The sport which solely relies on athlete’s grip strength and endurance has quite the number of contestants. Where are they from? We are about to find out in Olympic sport climbing qualified countries.

The difficulty of ascending steep ascents is taken to a whole new level with sport climbing. Climbers develop their abilities and strength on a vertical wall by using a variety of hand and foot grips of various shapes and sizes. The wall may have positive (also known as a slab) or negative (steep, overhanging) portions with different angles.

The sport will debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with three disciplines: speed, bouldering, and lead. Two climbers compete against each other by ascending a route on a 15-meter wall in speed mode. Bouldering is a sport in which players scale a series of predefined courses on a 4.5m wall in a certain amount of time.

Athletes compete in Lead by attempting to climb as high as they can on a wall over 15 meters high in a set amount of time. Each climber will participate in all three events at the Games, with the final rankings calculated by multiplying each discipline's placing, with the competitors with the lowest scores earning medals.

Climbers use safety ropes in some categories, but no additional equipment is allowed, and competitors must climb with just their bare hands and climbing shoes.

The sport necessitates strength, flexibility, and talent, as well as meticulous planning ahead of time: the first ever medalists will all have this rare mix of physical and mental competence and decisiveness.

An all-embracing article of Olympic sport climbing qualified countries

We have already talked about this sport in a much more comprehensive matter in

an introduction to sport climbing

, feel free to check it out.

However, for this article, we have planned something else. We have organized a few sections and categories for this article which would divide Olympic Climbing into smaller pieces, and will make it easier for us to explore the countries which would send their representatives to

Sport climbing at the 2020 Summer Olympics

.

Without further ado let’s move into the article and see what’s up with the countries and their athletes.

Qualified countries

Sport climbing is considered to be new in Olympics, thats why it was in our

new sports in Olympics article

.

Many countries had the chance to prove themselves in world championships and tournaments but a few have the chance to compete in the Sport climbing at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The countries which are eligible to participate in the Climbing at the Tokyo Olympics are Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and United States.

In the next section of

Sport climbing at the 2020 Summer Olympics

qualified countries, we will take a look at the countries based on the number of their representatives. Let’s see who brings whom to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

With one representative

Let us take a look at the countries with 1 representative in

Climbing at the Tokyo Olympics

.

The Czech Republic with its world famous Adam Ondra, Great Britain, Poland, Kazakhstan, Spain and Switzerland are the qualified countries that have only one athlete in this discipline.

Czech Republic:

At the IFSC World Olympic Qualifying Event in Toulouse, France, multiple bouldering and lead world champion Adam Ondra for the Czech Republic, advanced to the final and earned the first of six provisional spots for the men's combined event.

Great Britain:

The Englishwoman, Coxsey also qualified for the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan, by qualifying to the final stage and obtaining one of the seven provisional places in the women's combined event. Team GB announced Coxsey's selection for Tokyo on February 11, 2020.

Poland:

Aleksandra Miroslaw from Poland, advanced to the final stage of the women's combined event and earned one of the seven provisional spots of

Olympic Climbing

at the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan.

Spain:

In the Olympic competition, Spain sent one sport climber. Alberto Ginés qualified for the men's combined event straight after reaching the final and obtaining one of the six provisional spots at the IFSC World Olympic Qualifying Event in Toulouse, France.

Switzerland:

Petra Klingler from Switzerland qualified for the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan, by reaching the final and obtaining one of the seven provisional places in the women's combined event.

Kazakhstan:

By reaching the final and gaining one of the seven provisional places at the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan, Rishat Khaibullin from Kazakhstan qualified straight for the men's combined event.

With two representatives

Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Slovenia, South Africa and South Korea are the countries which are qualified with 2 athletes.

Austria:

By progressing to the final stage and obtaining one of the seven provisional places at the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan, Jakob Schubert and Jessica Pilz qualified straight into the men's and women's combined events, respectively.

Canada:

Two sport climbers from Canada qualified for the competition of Olympic Climbing.

Germany:

Germany was also another country with 2 athlete slots in the competition.

China:

Pan Yufei, who finished sixth at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, and Song Yiling, who finished in the top six of those eligible for qualifying at the IFSC World Olympic Qualifying Event in Toulouse, France, qualified straight into the men's and women's combined events, respectively.

Australia:

By progressing to the final stage and earning the gold medal at the 2020 IFSC Oceania Championships in Sydney, Tom O'Halloran and Oceania Mackenzie qualified straight for the women's and men's combined competitions of Sport climbing at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

South Africa:

By reaching to the final stage and earning the gold medal at the 2020 IFSC African Championships in Cape Town, Erin Sterkenburg and Christopher Cosser qualified straight into the women's and men's combined events, respectively.

South Korea:

Chon Jong-won and Seo Chae-hyun, the continent's highest-ranked male and female sport climbers, respectively, gained the empty places for the 2019 Worlds in Hachioji, Japan, after the IFSC Asian Championships were canceled due to travel restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Slovenia:

Ultimately, Slovenia is another country with no more than 2 athletes in this event.

With more than two representatives

France, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States are the countries that have 3 or more representatives in Sport climbing at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Russia:

Yulia Kaplina qualified directly for the women's combined event at the 2019 IFSC World Olympic Qualifying Event in Toulouse, France, by finishing in the top six of those eligible for qualifying.

Meanwhile, Viktoria Meshkova and Alexey Rubtsov won the gold medal and an outright ticket at the 2020 IFSC European Championships in Moscow, completing the Russian sport climbing lineup for the rescheduled Games.

France:

By reaching the final and gaining one of the seven provisional places at the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan, Mickal Mawem qualified straight for the men's combined event.

Meanwhile, in the IFSC World Olympic Qualifying Event in Toulouse, Mickäel's brother Bassa Mawem and Julia Chanourdie qualified for the French team by finishing in the top six of those eligible for qualification.

After accepting an unused spot as the highest-ranked sport climber seeking for qualifying on the women's side at the Worlds, Anouck Jaubert was granted the fourth and last slot.

Italy:

Ludovico Fossali qualified directly for the men's combined event at the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan, after reaching the final and gaining one of the seven provisional places.

Laura Rogora, 18, of Italy, finished in the top six of those eligible for qualifying at the IFSC World Olympic Qualifying Event in Toulouse, France, gaining a quota spot and joining Fossali on the Italian team.

After accepting an unused place as the second highest-ranked sport climber fighting for qualifying on the men's side at the Worlds, Michael Piccolruaz was granted the third and last spot of

Sport climbing at the 2020 Summer Olympics

.

Japan:

Unless a maximum of two men and two women were selected to the team based on competition results, Japan got a guaranteed spot in each of the gender-based combination events as the host nation.

With a podium performance in the men's and women's combined events at the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Tomoa Narasaki and Akiyo Noguchi secured their berths on the host nation's squad.

Kai Harada and Miho Nonaka were recognized as Olympic-qualified sport climbers by the International Sport Climbing Association and the Japan Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association in November 2019, filling the spots dedicated to the host of the event.

United states:

Athletes from the United States qualified for the following sport climbing competitions. Brooke Raboutou, 18, became the first sport climber to be named to the United States squad for the Olympics after reaching the final of the women's combined event and earning one of seven provisional spots at the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan.

Meanwhile, at the IFSC World Olympic Qualifying Event in Toulouse, France, Nathaniel Coleman and Kyra Condie completed the U.S. sport climbing roster by finishing in the top six of those eligible for qualifying.

Colin Duffy, 16, was given the fourth and final spot of Sport climbing at the 2020 Summer Olympics after winning the gold medal at the IFSC Pan American Championships.

Classics countries

The United States and France have been famous for their actions towards the prosperity of this sport. The history of this amazing sport shows that the United States and France are the first nations that considered this sport as one with great potential.

Despite its reputation as the "old world," Europe has always been a hotbed of climbing innovation rather than traditionalism. However, there are still bastions of tradition in Europe, where you can visit old-school crags and climb the routes that gave rise to modern climbing in much the same condition as when they were first climbed.

After these nations, the most honorable mentions are USSR or Russia, Italy and Germany. Climbing contests were first held in the late 1940s in the former Soviet Union.

However, it wasn't until 1985 that an Italian sports writer brought together a group of the greatest climbers for the SportRoccia event. This was to be the first organized competition for the contemporary age of sport climbing, and the inaugural World Championships were held in Frankfurt, Germany in 1991.

We will soon see how these countries perform in the Sport climbing at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Athletes with the most chance of winning

We have mentioned Adam Ondra several times in our previous articles and is our guess for the gold medal of Sport climbing at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

He is the best in the field right now if you look at the recent tournaments. Adam Ondra is a famous climber who have been known for his achievements and amazing talent in this sport. Ondra was regarded as a super climber and the leading climber of his generation by Rock & Ice magazine in 2013.

Ondra is the only male athlete to win both World Championship titles in the same year (2014), as well as the World Cup series in both disciplines (lead climbing in 2009, 2015 and 2019, and bouldering in 2010).

However, there are other athletes, like Alex Magos, who have a pretty high chance of winning the gold medal.

Alexander Megos is a German rock climber who was born on August 12, 1993. Megos has also raced in the La Sportiva Legends events, where he has placed second and third on several occasions. He took first place in 2018. He is presently the highest point on Black Diamond's The Project, generally regarded as one of the world's most difficult indoor climbs.

Another athlete with a high chance of winning is Shauna Coxsey. Coxsey was born in Runcorn, Cheshire, on January 27, 1993. She began climbing at the age of four in 1997, after seeing Catherine Destivelle climbing in Mali on television. Her amazing background makes her a tough athlete and a worthy contestant at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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Italy men's roster

, if you are a fan of basketball.

Athletes to keep an eye out for

The names of players which you should keep an eye out for are Brooke Raboutou, Kyra Condie, Janja Garnbret and Tomoa Narasaki. These players have proven to be quite surprising and unpredictable.

They are expected to display an amazing performance in the event so it is advised to keep an eye out for these players throughout Sport climbing at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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