O’Halloran and Oceania won gold at the 2020 Oceania Combined Climbing Championship. The highest ranked eligible athlete in each event qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Oceania Combined Climbing Championship was held in Sydney, Australia from December 19th to December 20th 2020.
The men’s combined qualification round saw Australians Tom O’Halloran and Thomas Farrell finish equal on points (6 each) for first. O’Halloran won the bouldering portion while Farrell won the speed portion. The lead portion was won by Australia’s James Kassay whom finished third overall with 24 points.
A sixth-place finish in the bouldering cost Farrell the Olympic quota as O’Halloran went on to win the event by placing second in all three portions. He finished ahead of Australia’s Ben Abel.
The women’s combined saw a dominant performance by Australia’s Oceania Mackenzie as she won all three portions in both the qualification and final rounds to win gold and an Olympic quota. Australia rounded out the podium with silver and bronze medals to Angie Scarth-Johnson and Ella Easton respectively.
This was the final opportunity for Oceania nations to qualify in sport climbing. Currently one spot remains in the men’s and women’s combined event. The final spot was supposed to be decided at the Asian Championship, but was cancelled in December. Should a new event not be rescheduled, the quota will be reallocated to the highest ranked eligible Asian athlete at the 2019 World Championships, specifically Chon Jong-won and Seo Chae-hyun of South Korea.