TOKYO (Reuters) – Tomoa Narasaki and Akiyo Noguchi have boosted Japan’s hopes of a medal when sport climbing makes its Olympic debut next year after winning gold and silver at the Climbing World Championships in Tokyo.
Narasaki won the men’s combined event on Wednesday, a day after Noguchi won silver in the women’s competition, as both climbers secured qualification berths for 2020.
Event - Tokyo - Athletes - Ranking - Disciplines
The combined event will feature at Tokyo, with each athletes’ ranking across the three disciplines of speed, bouldering and lead merged to give a cumulative score.
Narasaki took the victory over reigning champion Jakob Schubert of Austria with top-two finishes in all three disciplines.
Gold - Medal - Mind - Events - Kyodo
“I only have winning the gold medal in my mind, hopefully being the first in all three events,” Kyodo News quoted Narasaki as saying.
Narasaki, 23, leads a strong group of Japanese male climbers who finished in four of the top six spots on Wednesday.
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Narasaki, who also won the bouldering World Cup earlier this year, currently leads...
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