Alannah Yip won gold at the 2020 Pan American Combined Sport Climbing Championships. In addition, by being the highest ranked athlete she has qualified to the Olympics. The Pan American Combined Sport Climbing Championships is currently being held in Los Angeles, United States from February 24th to March 2nd 2020.
The competition had three rounds. The pre-qualifying event was won by Argentina’s Valentina Aguado thanks to finishing first during the bouldering and lead portions for a total of seven points. Behind her was Venezuela’s Leslie Romero who finished first during the speed portion to finish with thirty points.
The qualification round was not kind to Romero as a false start during the speed portion cost her a spot in the final. Similarly, a relatively poor performance in the lead placed Aguado third at this stage. The round was won by Lauren Bair of the United States who finished with twenty points while Chile’s Alejandra Contreras was second.
The top eight advanced to the finals. The speed portion was won by Ecuador’s Andrea Rojas, but a last place finish in the bouldering portion allowed Canada’s Alannah Yip to take pole position. A third place finish in the lead portion allowed Yip to maintain her lead to win the event with a total of 15 points. Contreras finished second while Bair was third.
This was the final opportunity for athletes in Pan America to qualify in the women’s combined. The Pan American Championships continues tomorrow with medals and an Olympic quota being awarded in the men’s combined.