With sport climbing making its Olympic debut the first quotas have been decided in the women’s combined at the 2019 Sport Climbing World Championships. Thanks to the reallocation of the host nation quota, eight spots were available to the top eight athletes, with a maximum of two quotas from one nation. The Sport Climbing World Championships is currently being held in Hachioji, Japan from August 11th to August 21st 2019.
Twenty athletes whom had the best combined scores from the bouldering, lead and speed events were eligible to compete in the combined event. The qualification round was won by Great Britain’s Shauna Coxsey whom thanks to winning the bouldering portion and a good result in the lead was able to finish with a total of 42 points. Behind her was Japan’s Akiyo Noguchi whom finished with 80 points. Eight athletes advanced to the final.
The final had Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret win the lead and finished second in the bouldering portions and despite finishing sixth in the speed portion it was more than enough to win the gold medal with a total of 12 points. Noguchi maintained her placing after the qualification round to win silver with 21 points while Coxey won the bronze medal with 42 points. Also winning a quota to compete at the Olympics are Aleksandra Miroslaw (Poland), Miho Ninaka (Japan), Petra Klingler (Switzerland), Brooke Raboutou (Untied States) and Jessica Pilz (Austria).
The next opportunity for athletes to qualify their nation will be at the Olympic qualification event to be held later this year. The Sport Climbing World Championships concludes tomorrow with medals and Olympic quotas being awarded in men’s combined.