Fans Can’t Get Enough of the Newly Added Olympic Sport- ‘Climbing’

Published 08/04/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Sport Climbing – Men’s Combined – Qualification – Aomi Urban Sports Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021. Tomoa Narasaki of Japan in action Pool via REUTERS/@Auo1


Up till now, the International Olympic Committee’s decision to add 5 new sports has seemed to be extremely successful. Among the new sports added to the festival, climbing found its time in the spotlight. The event of sports climbing began its qualifying rounds on Tuesday. Subsequently, the men’s qualifying rounds rocked social media on Tuesday, revealing the tremendous agility and excitement of mixed sport climbing to millions of fans across the world.

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The top 8 countries have qualified from the first round. Subsequently, they will now compete in the finals. France, Japan, and the USA came out as favorites to bag the medals after the qualifying round. Japan’s Tomoa Narasaki and France’s Mickael Mawem are favorites to win the gold and silver medal. While USA’s Colin Duffy finished strong in the qualifiers with the 3rd least points, (lesser points imply better performance) his lack of experience and age do not make him a fan favorite to win it all.

Conversely, Tomoa’s experience full of gold medals in the World Cup and World Championships makes him the most favored candidate to bag the gold medal.

Tomoa Narasaki – IFSC Bouldering World Championship Hachioji 2019

2019 was a memorable year for Tomoa Narasaki. After winning the IFSC Bouldering World Cup season, he was the only athlete to find a top at the IFSC Bouldering World Championships in Hachioji. He followed up that gold medal a few days later with another in Combined to qualify for Tokyo 2020!

Posted by International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The finals event for men’s sport climbing is on Thursday, August 5. Whereas, the finals event for women’s sport climbing is on August 6 (Friday).

What is  Sport Climbing?

Sports climbing is divided into three categories. They are bouldering, speed, and lead climbing.

Bouldering is a type of free climbing which is done without the use of ropes or harnesses. Most climbers require climbing shoes to assist secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry and create a tighter grip, and bouldering mats to avoid accidents. Even though bouldering can be done without any gear.

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Speed climbing is form of climbing in which the ultimate goal is speed. Speed climbing is done on rocks, walls, and poles. 
The dominant form of speed climbing is competition speed climbing. This takes place on an artificially structured climbing wall indoors. However, there are other types of speed climbing that take place outside.

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Climbing with rope and clipping into fixed protection along the route to avoid falling is known as lead climbing. 
Lead climbing is type of sport climbing that involves drilling bolts into the rock, wherein Climbers’ harnesses are equipped with quickdraws that clip one side to the bolt and the other to the rope.
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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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