How does sport climbing work at the Olympics? Rules, format and score system
Discover the Olympic climbing at Tokyo 2020. How to score, what modalities are there and everything you need to know this new olympic discipline.
Tokyo 2020 will be the first Olympics where climbing is an official sport. At this year's Olympics, the new Olympic sports are: surfing, skateboarding, karate, baseball and climbing. Olympic climbing is a sport that consists of climbing a wall with the help of guides and ropes. It is an individual sport where climbers compete for medals along three different disciplines: speed climbing, bouldering, and lead climbing.
What are the differences between the Olympic climbing disciplines?
Although the three disciplines belong to the same sport, there are many differences between the three styles:
How is sport climbing scored?
The climbing score in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics depends on the position in which each athlete finishes in each discipline. The place of each climber is multiplied among themselves and the climber with the lowest score is the winner.
For example, if a climber has these marks: 2nd in speed climbing, 1st in bouldering and 6th in lead climbing, his score will be 1x2x6 = 12.
To get the best final score, the climber must have a last "controlled" grip. If the last grip is not complete, the score will be worse.If the last grip is good, the "+" symbol will be added to the final score.