Japanese climbers Miho Nonaka and Kai Harada both took home gold medals at the inaugural World Beach Games, an international beach multisport event organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees. Canadians Alannah Yip finished in seventh and Allison Vest in 10th for women and Sean McColl in 10th and Lucas Uchida in 16th for men.
“I’m glad I won the first gold medal for the Japan national team,” said Nonaka, the only finalist in the six-women field to send all four problems. “I focused on each problem. Climbing in hot weather at an outdoor venue is good practice for the Tokyo Olympics,” she said.
Over 1,200 athletes from 97 countries are competing in 14 disciplines across 13 sports at the ANOC World Beach Games held between Oct. 12 and Oct. 17. Overall, 350 medals will be contested in the first edition of the World Beach Games.