GB Climbing athlete Will Bosi and the other big names from the world of competition climbing that missed out in Hachioji are greatly anticipating the IFSC Combined Qualifier in Toulouse which starts Thursday 29 November for their second chance to qualify for selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
There’s still hope for Olympic dreamers as 44 of climbing’s top athletes are ready to give it their all once again to vie for one of the much-coveted Tokyo 2020 quota places at the Espace Sportif des Quefets in Tournefeuille, France outside of Toulouse.
Starting tomorrow, male athletes will compete in all three competition climbing disciplines’ qualification rounds over the day, with the women’s qualifications scheduled for Friday. The finals in all three disciplines also take course over a full day, with the men’s finals on Saturday and the women’s on Sunday. This means each gender has a full rest day between qualifiers and finals, if they make it through.
After this mammoth four-day event, six more athletes per gender will have earned a quota place in addition to the eight male and eight female athletes that earned their quota place following the last Olympic Qualifying Event in Hachioji.
Who’s competing at the Olympic Qualifying Event in Toulouse?
Most of the world’s eyes may well be fixed on arguably the world’s best climber – Adam Ondra. In the Lead round of the Combined Qualification Event in Hachioji, Ondra appeared to inadvertently stand on a bolt and his score was reduced to 10, scuppering his chance to qualify for Combined Finals. There’s no doubt that Ondra will be looking for redemption this weekend in Toulouse.
However, we’ll only have eyes for our very own star of GB Climbing, Will Bosi, who has a second chance of securing his Olympic dreams. Will performed brilliantly in Hachioji coming 25th in the overall rankings and just missing out on a place in the qualification round of the Combined Event. In the individual disciplines will placed 17th in Lead, 41st in Bouldering and 40th in Speed.
Since then, Will came 9th in the European Championships in Edinburgh, again just missing out on a place in finals, and he remains the holder of the British Speed Climbing Record – meaning he’s got a great chance at making the final this weekend in Toulouse.
How to watch the IFSC Toulouse Olympic Qualification Event
Both the qualifications and finals will be streamed live by the IFSC on YouTube. Either use the embedded videos below or visit their YouTube channel.
WATCH: The men's SPEED qualifiers
WATCH: The men's BOULDER qualifiers
WATCH: The men's LEAD qualifiers
WATCH: The women's SPEED qualifiers
WATCH: The women's BOULDER qualifiers
WATCH: The women's LEAD qualifiers
WATCH: The men's COMBINED finals
WATCH: The women's COMBINED finals
Full competitor starter list
Of course, there’s a huge list of big names that’ll be competing over the next four days. The full line-up is here:
1. Adam Ondra (CZE)
2. Kokoro Fujii (JPN)
3. YuFei Pan (CHN)
4. Jan Hojer (GER)
5. William Bosi (GBR)
6. Sascha Lehmann (SUI)
7. Meichi Narasaki (JPN)
8. Manuel Cornu (FRA)
9. Rei Sugimoto (JPN)
10. Nikolai Yarilovets (RUS)
11. Jongwon Chon (KOR)
12. Alberto Ginés López (ESP)
13. Keita Dohi (JPN)
14. Bassa Mawem (FRA)
15. Yannick Flohe (GER)
16. Alfian Muhammad (INA)
17. Stefano Ghisolfi (ITA)
18. Anze Perharc (SLO)
19. Nathaniel Coleman (USA)
20. Sean Bailey (USA)
21. Jernej Kruder (SLO)
22. Aleksei Rubstov (RUS)
1. Lucka Rakovec (SLO)
2. YueTong Zhang (CHN)
3. Fanny Gibert (FRA)
4. Jain Kim (KOR)
5. Julia Chanourdie (FRA)
6. Ai Mori (JPN)
7. Mia Krampl (SLO)
8. Futaba Ito (JPN)
9. Kyra Condie (USA)
10. YiLing Song (CHN)
11. Anouck Jaubert (FRA)
12. Sol Sa (KOR)
13. Ashima Shiraishi (USA)
14. Aries Susanti Rahayu (INA)
15. Ievgeniia Kazbekova (UKR)
16. Laura Rogora (ITA)
17. Alannah Yip (CAN)
18. Elnaz Rekabi (IRI)
19. Aleksandra Kalucka (POL)
20. Margo Hayes (USA)
21. Sandra Lettner (AUT)
22. Iuliia Kaplina (RUS)
Thursday 28 November
10:00 Men Speed Qualification
12.00 Men Boulder Qualification
15.45 Men Lead Qualification
Friday 29 November
10:00 Women Speed Qualification
12.00 Women Boulder Qualification
15.45 Women Lead Qualification
Saturday 30 November
18.00 Men Speed Final
18.45 Men Boulder Final
20.40 Men Lead Final
Following Award Ceremony
Sunday 1 December
13.00 Women Speed Final
13.45 Women Boulder Final
15.40 Women Lead Final
Following Award Ceremony
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