Tokyo Olympics Sport Climbing Roster Now Complete

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Chaehyun Seo at IFSCwc Briancon
Chaehyun Seo, who along with Jongwon Chon completes the Tokyo Olympics sport climbing roster, competing at IFSC World Cup Briançon in 2019. (Photo by Eddie Fowke, courtesy of the IFSC)

Today the IFSC confirmed the allocation of the two final quota places for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. Jongwon Chon and Chaehyun Seo of South Korea now officially complete the 40-athlete roster of sport climbing athletes, concluding the Tokyo Olympics qualification process which began in 2019.

The 40 qualified athletes (20 women and 20 men) span 19 countries and 5 continents. Athletes qualified at the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, the IFSC Combined Qualifier in Toulouse, and the various IFSC Continental Championships in 2020 (Los Angeles, Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney). Following the cancellation of the Asian Continental Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the final two spots were reallocated to Chon and Seo based on their performance at the World Championships in Hachioji.

“Today we have concluded our Qualification process: we know the names of our first Olympians and it is a great moment in our history! The 20 men and 20 women can now focus on Tokyo 2020 and inspire all people involved in the preparation of the Olympic Games, despite the challenges the pandemic has brought,” said IFSC President Marco Scolaris.

 

From North America, Americans Nathaniel Coleman, Kyra Condie, Colin Duffy and Brooke Raboutou, as well as Canadians Sean McColl and Alannah Yip, are among the athletes to have qualified to compete in Tokyo. Raboutou and McColl were first to earn their ticket at the World Championships in Hachioji, followed by Coleman and Condie at the Olympic Qualifier in Toulouse. Before the pandemic outbreak stateside, Duffy and Yip rounded out the lineup from North America by qualifying at the PanAmerican Continental Championships in Los Angeles, which took place at Sender One’s LAX facility.

After being postponed due to the pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics are currently scheduled to take place this year from July 23 to August 8, and the climbing portion of the event is scheduled for August 3 to 6. The complete list of qualified sport climbing athletes can be found below.

Women

Janja Garnbret (SLO)
Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)
Shauna Coxsey (GBR)
Aleksandra Miroslaw (POL)
Miho Nonaka (JPN)
Petra Klingler (SUI)
Brooke Raboutou (USA)
Jessica Pilz (AUT)
Julia Chanourdie (FRA)
Mia Krampl (SLO)
Iuliia Kaplina (RUS)
Kyra Condie (USA)
Laura Rogora (ITA)
YiLing Song (CHN)
Alannah Yip (CAN)
Anouck Jaubert (FRA)
Viktoriia Meshkova (RUS)
Erin Sterkenburg (RSA)
Oceana Mackenzie (AUS)
Chaehyun Seo (KOR)

Men

Tomoa Narasaki (JPN)
Jakob Schubert (AUT)
Rishat Khaibullin (KAZ)
Kai Harada (JPN)
Mickael Mawem (FRA)
Alexander Megos (GER)
Ludovico Fossali (ITA)
Sean McColl (CAN)
Adam Ondra (CZE)
Bassa Mawem (FRA)
Jan Hojer (GER)
YuFei Pan (CHN)
Alberto Ginés López (ESP)
Nathaniel Coleman (USA)
Colin Duffy (USA)
Michael Piccolruaz (ITA)
Aleksei Rubtsov (RUS)
Tom O’Halloran (AUS)
Christopher Cosser (RSA)
Jongwon Chon (KOR)