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As the Tokyo 2020 games draw closer The Inner Sanctum previews one of the new sports added to the games: Sports Climbing

Sports Climbing will make its Olympic debut with two medals on offer. For all your Olympic coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

As a new addition to the Olympics, Sports Climbing has only been on offer in one Olympics event before, going ahead at the Summer Youth Olympics in 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There are three different disciplines and the medals will go to the athlete in which does the best overall across all three disciplines.

The Sports Climbing Disciplines

Speed Climbing

Speed climbing is probably the most straightforward, athletes are connected to a bungee like cord and harness and it is a head to head race to see who can make it to the top.

Lead/ sport

Lead/Sport climbing is essentially like rock climbing, the athlete is connected to a bungee like cord, with physical aspects of course still involved this one is just as much of a mental challenge as it is physical with the athlete that gets the highest wins.

Bouldering

Like lead/sport climbing, bouldering is a mental challenge as well as a physical one. Without any safety ropes, athletes attempt to climb up as many fixed routes on a 4m high wall in four minutes, with a gymnastics pad beneath them should they fall.

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Australian Team

Australia has two athletes that will compete for the all-important gold medal come the Tokyo games. Both qualified for the Tokyo games back at the 2020 IFSC Oceania Championships that were held in Sydney in December last year.

Tom O’Halloran

Many will know Australia’s male athlete from Ninja Warrior where he competed on the popular channel 9 show in both 2017 and in 2018 where he went as far as making the Grand Final. O’Halloran got into sports climbing as a 12-year-old and has been hooked on the sport ever since.

Oceana Mackenzie

At the age of 18 Mackenzie will be off to compete for gold at her first Olympics, although her preparation wasn’t as mundane as many other athletes. As Melbourne was in stage four lockdown last year Mackenzie with the help from her dad built a climbing wall in her garage where she was able to prepare for qualifying which was held in December.

Key Dates

Date Event
August 3rd Men’s Qualifying (All three disciplines)
August 4th Women’s Qualifying (All three disciplines)
August 5th Men’s finals (All three disciplines)
August 6th Women’s Finals (All three disciplines)

So why wouldn’t you want to watch a new sport make its way into the Olympics? It’s the perfect mix of physical and mental strength to keep you entertained and if you like the show Ninja Warrior then this would be the perfect sport for you to enjoy during the Olympics.

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