Sport Climbing: South Africa Set to Represent Continent After African Championship Victory

South Africa will be Africa’s representative at the Olympics after winning gold at the 2020 African Combined Climbing Championship. The highest ranked eligible athlete in each event qualified their nation to the Olympics. The African Combined Climbing Championship was held in Cape Town, South Africa from December 17th to December 20th 2020.

The men’s combined qualification round was topped by South Africa’s Christopher Cosser whom won all three portions, ahead of his compatriots Calrin Curtis and David Naude. The final round was not perfect for Cosser as he finished fourth in the bouldering portion. This gave Naude an opportunity as he went into the final portion with the lead. Cosser was able to reach the top in the lead portion to finish first with a point total of 4. This meant he won the Olympic quota. The silver and bronze medals were won by Naude (6 points) and Curtis (24 points) respectively.

The women’s combined and the Olympic quota was won by South Africa’s Erin Sterkenberg whom displayed her dominance within the continent by topping the eight-person field twice by winning all three portions in both the qualification and final rounds. The silver medal was won by South Africa’s Georgina Dorwand while her compatriot, Tegwen Oates won the bronze medal.

This was the final opportunity for African nations to qualify in sport climbing. The next continent to determine their qualifiers was Oceania who competed concurrently.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Combined
* South Africa

Women’s Combined
* South Africa

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