La Sportiva celebrates the first Olympic meetings at the Climb Tokyo event
Great success for the pre-Olympic event organized by the Trentino brand in Japan05 September 2019
La Sportiva Schubert, Fossali, Klingler, Noguchi and Raboutou athletes already look to Tokyo2020.
Presented in the brand new Olympic formula, the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji saw 253 athletes from 39 countries first compete in the traditional Boulder, Lead and Speed tests and then in the Combined.
Among the world champions we find the highly anticipated Adam Ondra, who reconfirms himself as world champion Lead after the success of Paris in 2016. Sixth in Boulder and 47th in the Speed trial, the Czech athlete will then be the protagonist of an appeal that will see him absent in the final Combined, which is accessed by the 8 athletes who achieved the best overall result during the three previous tests.
In the Speed category, on the other hand, success is tinged with blue thanks to the very young Ludovico Fossali, who imposed himself on everyone with a time of 6.871 seconds, bringing the title of the fastest on 15 vertical meters to Italy.
Excellent results also for the Austrian Jakob Schubert who, with a second place in Boulder and a third in the Lead, entered right from the Combined stage taking home a more than deserved silver.
The female athlete, the home athlete Akiyo Noguchi after the second placement in Boulder and a fifth in Lead confirmed herself second also in the combined, behind an unstoppable Janja Garnbret. Excellent placements also for Ai Mori, Futaba Ito and Petra Klingler, who thanks to the scores obtained separately in the three disciplines managed to position themselves respectively in the sixth, seventh and eighth place in the combined.
But the vertical show did not end with the closing of the World Championships: on August 23rd it was the turn of Climb Tokyo, a La Sportiva bouldering contest inside the reference gym for the climbing society of the Japanese metropolis, B-Pump Ogikubo.
The event brought together professional athletes and amateurs in a single team competition, in which a hundred local climbers were able to compete alongside their idols, ask for their advice and contribute to the success of their team. The team that finally won the victory was the one captained by Akiyo Noguchi alongside Marcello Bombardi and Meichi Narasaki.
"It was a success - says Alessandro Tedoldi, La Sportiva events manager - a first edition that bodes well for 2020, in which such events will not fail within the Olympic context. The synergy that was created between athletes and local climbers was immediate and positive, as was the energy that filled the gym during the entire event, from registration to the final party."
But since dulcis in fundo, the surprise for four of the athletes present arrived right at the end: a cake to celebrate the Olympic convocations of Petra Klingler, Jakob Schubert, Akiyo Noguchi and Ludovico Fossali.
Climb Tokyo proved to be a special occasion to experience the essence of the climbing community together and to celebrate the start of the Olympic adventure.