Climbing is the latest new sport to make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics, kicking off at Aomi Urban Sports Park on Tuesday August 3 and joining the likes of skateboarding, mountain biking and surfing to make their first bow. in Japan.
Competitors climb an artificial rock face using hands and feet in three disciplines: speed, bouldering and weight.
The first sees two climbers running to the top of a 15m wall, the winner being the first to hit a buzzer at the top.
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The second sees climbers complete routes, called “problems”, one by one up to a course of 4.5m. Scores are determined based on the number of issues overcome and courses are reset between qualifying heats and finals.
The third discipline sees competitors climb as high as possible on a 15m wall in six minutes in a row.
At the qualification stage, the 40 competing climbers (no more than two per nation) compete in the three disciplines to determine their place in a general classification, the first eight advancing to the final.
The first eight will compete again in the three events on modified courses in the final.
British interest in the procedure comes in the form of Shauna Coxsey MBE, 28, of Runcorn in Cheshire, who has said she will retire after these Games, which therefore represent her first and final blow to Olympic glory .
The great champion of the sport is Czech climber Adam Ondra, who will also be in action in Tokyo.
The men’s competition kicks off with qualifying on August 3, with the finals taking place on Thursday August 5, while the women’s event kicks off on Wednesday August 4, followed by the finals on Friday August 6.
The drama is broadcast live in the UK on BBC TV, iPlayer, Red Button and online as well as Eurosport via Eurosport Player.
A £ 6.99 monthly pass and three-day free trial are available for the latter.