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Alberto Ginés López: Spanish Phenom and Qualified Olympian

Alberto Ginés López began climbing at a young age after his parents introduced him to the sport. Following the 2016 announcement that climbing would be included in the Tokyo Games, he moved from Cáceres to Barcelona at 14 to train. The following year, he placed second both in Lead and in Combined at the Youth World Championships. He then made finals in his first Lead World Cup, in Arco, Italy, placing seventh. In 2019, he made Lead finals again, placing fifth in Chamonix, third in Kranj, fifth in Xiamen and second in Inzai. Then, in November of that year, Ginés López qualified for Tokyo at the Toulouse Combined Qualifier, placing seventh.

While a lead specialist, Ginés López is proficient in speed as well. In the 2021 Bochum European Youth Cup, he placed first in Speed, with the time 6.28, a competitive time among the qualified Olympians. 

At just 18, Ginés López is one of the younger athletes to have qualified. Despite his lack of experience on the open circuit, he will certainly be one to watch in Tokyo.