Japan's Dohi and Tanaka scale the heights
- 11 Oct 2018
- Olympic News, YOG, Buenos Aires 2018, Japan
Japanâs Keita Dohi and Shuta Tanaka scored a memorable one-two as they took gold and silver respectively in the sport climbing menâs combined competition at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 on Wednesday 11 October.
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With the sport set to make its full Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Dohi and Tanakaâs double could not been more timely, as sport climbing bade farewell to Buenos Aires 2018 following making an exciting maiden appearance on the Olympic stage.
The Japanese duo were the most consistent of the six finalis ts. Dohi placed second on the speed wall behind Franceâs Sam Avezou â" the eventual bronze medallist â" and then won the bouldering final and took third in the lead final. Meanwhile, Tanaka finished third on the bouldering wall and first on the lead wall to secure silver.IOC
âIâm delighted with the result and Iâm also happy because we created a good impression as a sportâ said Dohi, who at one stage of the competition stopped his climb to urge the crowd for their support. âSport climbing is going to be recognised in Japan. I hope everyone comes to see it at Tokyo 2020.â
Tanaka was all smiles at his silver. Explaining Japanâs success in the event, he said: âThe countryâs greatest climbers have been helping us. They encourage us to try and improve every day. We want to reach the same level as them.âSource: Google News Japan | Netizen 24 Japan