Spanish climber Alberto Ginés López, 18, has won the first-ever Olympic gold medal for Sport Climbing. He took top spot after three rounds of amazing performances from some of the best climbers in the world. He finished seventh in bouldering, first in speed and fourth in lead for a combined score of 28.
American Nathaniel Coleman took silver and Austrian Jakob Schubert is going home with bronze. Czech crusher Adam Ondra finished in sixth. We’ll have a complete recap and post-finals report shortly.
Ginés López started training with his coach David Macià in 2016 with the goal of climbing in the Olympics. In August 2017, he won silver at the Lead Climbing Youth World Championships in Youth B. A month later, he won the Lead Climbing European Youth Championship in the same category.
In May 2018, he won the Lead Climbing European Youth Championship in Youth A. In August 2019, he took bronze medals at the Lead Climbing and Combined Climbing Youth World Championships in Youth A. A month later, Ginés López also won a bronze at the Lead Climbing European Youth Championships, in the same category. In 2019, Ginés López won silver at the Lead Climbing European Championships, and then finished second in the Lead Climbing World Cup. He then qualified to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
1 – Alberto Ginés Lopéz (ESP) 28.00
2 – Nathaniel Coleman (USA) 30.00
3 – Jakob Schubert (AUT) 35.00
4 – Tomoa Narasaki (JPN) 36.00
5 – Mickael Mawem (FRA) 42.00
6 – Adam Ondra (CZE) 48.00
7 – Colin Duffy (USA) 60.00
8 – Bassa Mawem (FRA) DNS