Tokyo 2020: Shauna Coxsey wins second Climbing World Championship medal and qualifies for Olympics

Media Access with Shauna Coxsey - Team GB Climbing Athlete

British climber Shauna Coxsey will be flying home from Hachioji, Japan with two bronze medals following impressive performances at the Climbing World Championship.

Coxsey has added to her history-making bronze medal for the Bouldering World Championship, placing third in the finals of the Combined World Championship.

As well as medals, Coxsey has also secured qualification for Tokyo 2020 when climbing will make its Olympic debut.  

Coxsey went into the finals for the Combined World Championship – where you compete across the three disciplines of Bouldering, Lead and Speed climbing – seeded first after an impressive performance in qualifications particularly in the bouldering where she reached the top of all four climbs on her first go for each.

Through qualifying for the finals, Coxsey secured a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games as one of the seventh highest ranked competitors in the competition. Due to the fact that four of the eight finalists were from Japan and the Olympics will only allow two competitors of the same nationality to qualify, Coxsey knew before the final took place that she had qualified.

With Olympic qualification secured, Coxsey entered the combined finals looking to add to her medal collection. Coxsey came second in the Speed event, with a time of 9.225 – a PB for Coxsey and a British Record.

She then followed that up by flashing the first boulder problem – or reaching the top on her first attempt. For the second and third boulders Coxsey didn't reach the top, scoring points on the second problem, but not on the third. No competitor scored on the third problem.

A slip on the last event of the final – Lead – meant Coxsey finshed in third place, adding another bronze to her collection.

Janja Garnbret of Slovenia won gold and Japan's Akiyo Noguchi took home the silver medal.

For Coxsey, all eyes turn to Tokyo and the medals on offer at the Olympics this time next year.

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