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(Olympics) S. Korean Seo Chae-hyun finishes 8th in women's sport climbing at Tokyo Olympics

All News 22:15 August 06, 2021

SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korean teenager Seo Chae-hyun on Friday finished eighth in the women's sport climbing competition that made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.

The 17-year-old climber scored a combined 112 points after three events -- speed, bouldering and lead -- in the finals of the inaugural Olympic sport at Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo.

Janja Garnbret of Slovenia topped the podium, while Japanese Miho Nonaka and Akiyo Noguchi received silver and bronze, respectively.

The South Korean had passed the qualifying round as the runner-up to the Slovenian after finishing No. 1 in the lead section.

In the finals of the speed climbing section that requires athletes to reach the top of a 15-meter wall as fast as possible, Seo placed at the bottom among eight finalists.

She also remained sluggish in the problem-solving bouldering category, ranking seventh.

And she finished second in the final lead event, which involves climbing as high as possible on a 15m wall, but it was not enough to raise her overall ranking.

Sport climbing is one of the four new sports that made their debut at the Tokyo Olympics. It will be split into two categories -- speed climbing and a combined event of bouldering and lead -- at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

South Korean teen climber Seo Chae-hyun competes in the finals of women's sport climbing at the Tokyo Olympics at Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo on Aug. 6, 2021. (Yonhap)

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