Mickael Mawem Tops Olympic Combined Qualifier, Duffy and Coleman Advance: Combined, Lead Results
The men's Combined Qualifiers have concluded with two Americans advancing, while Adam Ondra passes through.
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Colin Duffy was calm and composed. He really didn’t look that pumped, cruising to just below the top of the lead route, a twister move where he faced outward, reaching blindly to the second to last hold, falling on number 42+. Nathanial Coleman, also USA, climbed with heart and some yelling, pumping out at number 39 for what was at that time second behind Duffy, and a high point that was to hold up well. Jakob Schubert came out at the end, relaxed and almost resting all the way up, to nip past Duffy for the best lead performance.
Lead was the third and final event in the Olympics qualifying round, with a six-minute limit per competitor.
It was a day for youth to shine, with Alberto Ginez Lopez of Spain also rising high, to 41+. At 18, he like Duffy, who is 17, might reappear and shine in Paris in 2024, but first they have these finals to climb in. This round was also a heartbreaker, when Bassa Mawem fell low, hitting his belayer, clutching his bicep with what appeared to be a bicep injury; he made it into finals, but his participation may be in question. Adam Ondra (CZE) worried us a bit as well, looking a little hesitant at first, then better and better as he rose into the meat of the route around holds 25 to 30, then finally seeming pumped. With speed as his acknowledged weakness, though he is brilliant at difficulty, Ondra was in the moment third behind the two youths, with Coleman then holding fourth, and would have to wait to see if he’d made finals (he did). Alex Megos (GER) too found himself on the bubble for making finals, achieving 36+, ultimately in ninth.
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- Mickael Mawem (France) 33 Qualified
- Narasaka Tomoa (Japan) 56 Qualified
- Colin Duffy (USA) 60 Qualified
- Jakob Schubert (Austria) 84 Qualified
- Adam Ondra (Czech Republic) 216 Qualified
- Alberto Gines Lopez (Spain) 294 Qualified
- Bassa Mawem (France) 360 Qualified
- Nathaniel Coleman (USA) 550 Qualified
- Alex Megos (Germany) 684
- Chon Jongwon (South Korea) 800
- Rishat Khaibullin (KAZ)
- Jan Hojer (GER)
- Aleksey Rubtsov (RUS)
- Yufei Pan (CHN)
- Michael Piccolruaz (ITA)
- Christopher Cossey (AUST)
- Sean McColl (CAN)
- Kai Harada (JPN)
- Ludovico Fossali (ITA)
- Tom O’Halloran (AUST)