Coxsey climbs to brilliant bronze in Japan

Coxsey climbs to brilliant bronze in Japan

20 August 2019 / 12:31

Shauna Coxsey underlined her pedigree with a second medal of the Climbing World Championships, battling to bronze in the combined final.

The 26-year-old, who secured her first medal last week with bronze in bouldering, was in the hunt for gold in Japan but slipped in the lead round - the last of three disciplines that make up the combined event.

She dropped down the pecking order, behind Slovenia's Janja Garnbret and Japan's Akiyo Noguchi, but her excellence in both the speed and bouldering rounds ensured she left with a bronze medal.

On Monday, Coxsey earned a quota place for Team GB at the 2020 Olympic Games, leaving her in prime position for a spot in Tokyo next summer.

Climbing will make its Olympic debut in Japan and is one of five new sports at Tokyo, along with karate, skateboarding, surfing and baseball.

Sportsbeat 2019