Janja Garnbret becomes first woman to win a climbing gold medal at the Olympics


(worldkings.org) As night descended on Tokyo, the climbing wall at the Aomi Urban Sports Park was bathed in light.



It was there that Janja Garnbret became the first woman to win a gold medal in sport climbing at the Olympics, thanks largely to masterful bouldering and lead performances.
Garnbret, widely considered the favorite ahead of the women's combined final, completed two of the three bouldering "problems," while none of the other climbers managed to solve one.
She then climbed higher than her competitors on the lead wall to wrap up the victory and become the first Slovenian woman to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
    The 22-year-old Garnbret finished with five points, well clear of the Japanese duo of Miho Nonaka in silver on 45 points and Akiyo Noguchi, who is retiring after the Olympics, in bronze on 64 points.
    Those three climbers faced a nervous wait before the results were confirmed at the end of the lead discipline. When her victory was official, a visibly emotional Garnbret put her head in her hands before embracing Slovenia's coaching team.
    "This was the hardest competition in my entire career ... I felt like the whole pressure is on me, that the whole world has decided that I'll win the gold medal," Garnbret told reporters.
    "It's not like that. It's a combination (of scores), anything can happen because all the girls in the finals are super strong. You can't just say that you will win a gold medal. It was definitely super hard, especially mentally hard."
    According to edition.cnn.com.

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