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The Fastest Speed Climbers Competing at the Olympics

The male qualifiers take place on Aug. 3 and the finals take place on Aug. 5

We’re less than 24 hours away from the men’s qualifiers at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, where some of the world’s best climbers will be competing in Speed, Lead and Bouldering to advance to the finals in a few days.

The scoring is a multiplication system, so if you place first in all events then your score it 1, but if you place first (1), tenth (10) and third (3) then your score is (1 X 10 X 3) = 30. Placing in the top three in Speed will greatly help any climber’s chance of advancing to finals.

The male with the fastest time heading into the Olympics is speed specialist Rishat Khaibullin from Kazakhstan with a personal best (PB) of 5.53 seconds. However, the next fastest is Bassa Mawem from France with a PB of 5.57 seconds. Italy’s Ludovico Fossali also has a sub-six-second PB with 5.78. Canada’s Sean McColl’s PB is 6.99 seconds and Adam Ondra is only 7.46 seconds. Tomoa Narasaki (one of the favourites to podium) has the fourth-fastest time with 6.15 seconds at a World Cup and 5.73 seconds at the Japanese Climbing Nationals. Below are the PBs of each climber.

Speed Climbing PBs

5.53 Rishat Khaibullin (KAZ)
5.57 Bassa Mawem (FRA)
5.78 Ludovico Fossali (ITA)
6.15 Tomoa Narasaki (JPN)
6.25 Mickael Mawem (FRA)
6.29 Alberto Ginés López (ESP)
6.34 Kai Harada (JPN)
6.45 Jan Hojer (GER)
6.46 Colin Duffy (USA)
6.65 Michael Piccolruaz (ITA)
6.72 YueFei Pan (CHI)
6.72 Nathaniel Coleman (USA)
6.80 Jongwon Chon (KOR)
6.83 Christopher Cosser (RSA)
6.99 Sean McColl (CAN) 🍁
7.00 Jakob Schubert (AUT)
7.12 Tom O’Halloran (AUS)
7.27 Alexsey Rubtsov (RUS)
7.46 Adam Ondra (CZE)
7.57 Alex Megos (GER)