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Bouldering is unroped over mats on walls roughly 4.5m high of varying angles. Bouldering problems emphasize gymnastic style strength and technique. Problems are original creations for this event and have not been seen by the athletes.
Lead climbing requires the climber to attach to a rope, clipping protection in the wall as they climb. They climb an original route on a wall roughly 15 meters tall, consisting of 40-60 holds. The goal is to reach the top.
1-10 Seeding Order
11-20 Seeding Order
1-10 Seeding Order
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Date and times (Note EDT is not the same as EST)
Speed: athletes have 2 opportunities for their fastest time of the day
Bouldering: 5 problems, 5 minutes for each problem,
Lead: Route preview(6 min), 2 routes, 6 minutes for each route
- Men’s Combined Qualification – Speed, Bouldering, and Lead
- Tue 3 August, 17:00 – 22:40 JST
- Tue 3 August, 4:00 am- 9:40 am EDT
- Women’s Combined Qualification – Speed, Bouldering, and Lead
- Wed 4 August, 17:00 – 22:40 JST
- Wed 4 August, 4:00 am- 9:40 am EDT
Speed: 8 fastest athletes compete in bracket style advancement until one climber remains
Bouldering: 3 problems, 4 minutes for each problem
Lead: Route preview(6 min), 1 route, 6 minutes per route
Combined Medal Ceremony
- Men’s Combined Final – Speed, Bouldering, and Lead
- Thu 5 August, 17:30 – 22:20JST
- Thu 5 August 4:30 am – 9:40 am EDT
- Women’s Combined Final – Speed, Bouldering, and Lead
- Fri 6 August, 17:30 – 22:20
- Fri 6 August, 4:30 am- 9:40 am EDT
- Sport Climbing Men’s Combined Qualification
- Tuesday, August 3rd, Starts at 2am MDT (4am EDT)
- Sport Climbing Women’s Combined Qualification
- Wednesday, August 4th, Starts at 2am MDT (4am EDT)
- Sport Climbing Men’s Combined Final
- Thursday, August 5th, Starts at 2am MDT (4am EDT)
- Sport Climbing Women’s Combined Final
- Friday, August 6th, Starts at 2am MDT (4am EDT)
Road to Tokyo
Helping you understand the qualification process and how athletes got to the Olympics
- 40 climbing athletes, 20 women and 20 men
- In August 2019 16 climbers, eight women and eight men, qualified at the Combined World Championship in Hachioji(Tokyo), Japan.
- In December 2019, 12 climbers, six women and six men, qualified at an Olympic qualifier in Toulouse, France.
- In 2020, a 8 athletes, four women and four men, qualified through continental championships in Los Angeles, USA, Moscow, Russia, Cape Town, South Africa, and Sydney, Australia.
- The final four Olympic positions were assigned based on the athletes’ rankings at the 2019 World Championships, due to the cancellation of the Asian Championships as a result of COVID-19, and the reallocation of two unused quota places after Sport Climbing received no Tripartite Commission applications.
- Note: only two athletes of each gender can qualify from any one nation.
This is an intricate qualification process that we tried to simplify as much as possible. For more details, grab a cup of coffee and pursue the following documents.