Lopez Wins First Ever Olympic Gold In Sport Climbing, Big Upset

Nathaniel Coleman, of Team USA, nets silver. Alberto Gines Lopez, of Spain, gets gold!

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  1. Alberto Gines Lopez (SPA)
  2. Nathaniel Coleman (USA) 
  3. Jakob Schubert (AUS)
  4. Narasaki Tomoa (JPN)
  5. Mickael Mawem (FRA)
  6. Adam Ondra (CZE)
  7. Colin Duffy (USA)
  8. Bassa Mawem (FRA) DNS

Finals were a clean slate, and anything could happen, as if it hadn’t already. For background, before these Games: Gines Lopez was to most an unknown, new on the scene: he’d gotten a seventh in lead in Briancon, France, in July, and two fifth places, in Villars, Switzerland, and Innsbruck, during July and June of this year. Before that, he was more a Youth Championship guy. To see this coming, you’d have had to be paying attention to pre-pandemic 2019, when he got two lead podiums, for second and third, in World Cups in Inzai, Japan, and Kranj, Slovenia, with a fifth in Chamonix thrown in, but many back-in-the-pack results as well. He was also seventh in the Olympic qualifier in Toulouse that year. Duffy feels new as well, even to Americans, though he has won a youth world title—then this year he stunned with a third in lead in Villars in July and he had a ninth in bouldering in Innsbruck, also the normal ups and downs of competing.

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Further reading:

>Learn more Albert Gines Lopez HERE, climbing’s first gold medal winner.

>Learn more about silver medal winner Nathaniel Coleman HERE.

>Learn more about bronze medal winner Jakob Schubert HERE.