Although two Japanese athletes were in the Top 5 of the Toulouse competition, the Olympics tickets went to other athletes. The reason: Japan has already reached the quota of two Olympic athletes. The two Slovenians Mia Krampl and Lucka Rakovec offered a head-to-head race.
While it was decided in the men after the qualifying round, who receives an Olympic ticket, the women's decision for the last place in the Olympics fell in the final round. There was a showdown between the two Slovenians Mia Krampl and Lucka Rakovec.
After being separated from each other within a ranking point in the speed loop, the fight between Rakovec and Krampl in the Boulder final became hot. Both athletes scored four of their best in qualifying alongside Ai Mori, but now was the time to set themselves apart from the competition. Rakovec gave everything at the first boulder and needed nine tries until she reached the top. The other two Boulder topped it as well. Krampl reached a zone only at the first boulder and fell back in the ranking.
In the lead final, Krampl was the first in the route and already fell at the handle 32. With seven other athletes and their result of the preliminary rounds, it did not look good with Krampl's Olympic ambitions. However, contrary to all expectations, none of the seven athletes managed to climb further than Krampl, finishing third at the end of the day and qualifying for the Olympics 2020.
These six athletes qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo
At the end of the Women's Combination Finals, the following athletes have officially qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
- Julia CHANOURDY (FRA)
- Mia KRAMPL (SLO)
- COPYRIGHT (RUS)
- Kyra CONDIE (USA)
- Laura ROGORA (ITA)
- YiLing SONG (CHN)
The full results of the competition are on the official event page to find the IFSC.
The highlights of the IFSC competition in Toulouse - Ladies
The highlights of the IFSC competition in Toulouse - men
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Credits: Titelbild René Oberkirch / IFSC