China's Pan Yufei secures spot in rock climbing at Tokyo Olympics
In the IFSC Climbing World Cup held in France, which was also the Tokyo 2020 Olympic climbing qualifying tournament, China's Pan Yufei finished sixth in the men's finals to secure a place in Tokyo next year.
The IFSC Climbing World Cup is a series of climbing competitions held annually and organized by the International Federation of Sport Climbing. The athletes competed in three disciplines: Lead, bouldering and speed.
The 19-year-old Guangzhou native reached the finals after ending in the top eight during the preliminaries, in which the athletes have to compete in the events of Speed, Boulder and Lead in the finals.
The Chinese climber performed well in the Speed final and finished third. And he was the sixth climber to compete in the Boulder, but failed to reach the top in the first two attempts. On the third try, he was able to reach the top of the rock. After the first two events, Pan ranked fourth. All eight men in the finals failed to finish the Lead.
Pan was sixth with 72 points, and the top place went to Japanese climber Fujii Kokoro.
Elsewhere in the women's category, China's Song Yiling managed to secure a spot in Tokyo, even though she failed to qualify for the finals after ranking ninth in the preliminaries. The 18-year-old will be the first Chinese female rock climber to compete in the Olympic games.