China's Pan secures Olympic spot in sport climbing

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-29 15:54:52|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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PARIS, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's Pan Yufei is among six new Olympians after having progressed through the men's qualification round at the IFSC Combined Qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Toulose, France.

The four days of competition in Toulouse grant quota places to an additional six athletes per gender for Tokyo 2020, after the 2019 IFSC Climbing World Championships had determined seven places each for men and women.

Two Japanese athletes advanced to the eight-man final, which means Adam Ondra (Czech Republic), Alberto Gines Lopez (Spain), Jan Hojer (Germany), Bassa Mawem (France), Nathaniel Coleman (United States) and Pan all secured their tickets to Tokyo 2020, as Japan was already guaranteed full representation as the host of next year's Olympics. Each National Olympic Committee is limited to a maximum of two athletes in sport climbing.

Ondra was the top qualifier on the strength of a first in Lead, 2nd in Boulder and 7th in Speed after posting a personal best time. Lopez, just 17 year old, is the youngest to qualify.

The 17-year-old Pan, a Guangdong native, finished fifth in the Youth Olympic Games last year in Buenos Aires.