Utah’s Nathaniel Coleman Barely Makes Olympic Climbing Final

Aug 3, 2021, 9:20 AM

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 03: Nathaniel Coleman of The United States of America during the Sport Climbi...

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 03: Nathaniel Coleman of The United States of America during the Sport Climbing Men's Combined, Lead Qualification on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Aomi Urban Sports Park on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

(Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah’s Nathaniel Coleman impressed during the Men’s Combined qualification of Sports Climbing at the Tokyo Olympics and will move on to the finals.

The qualifying round for Men’s Combined climbing took place at Aomi Urban Sports Park on Tuesday, August 3.

During the event’s Olympic debut, the Murray native put on an impressive performance.

The official rules of the qualifications for Men’s Combined are:

“Athletes ranked 1-8 in the combined ranking after Speed, Bouldering and Lead Qualification qualify for the Final; the remainder are eliminated.

Speed Climbing

First Climb

In the first round, Coleman squared off against Alexander Megos of Germany.

In Lane A or the left side of the wall, Coleman posted a time of 6.51 seconds.

Megos climbed to the top of the wall in Lane B in 7.47 seconds.

The result put Coleman in eighth place after the opening run.

Second Climb

In his second heat, Coleman raced against Megos again.

This time in Lane B, Coleman recorded a time of 6.52 seconds.

Megos climbed up Lane A in 9.89 seconds.

Following the second climb, Coleman found himself in 10th place out of 20 individuals.


After an hour break, Coleman and the other climbers moved to the Bouldering portion of the event.

Coleman recorded the following performance during Bouldering:

Boulder 1 – z1

Boulder 2 – n/a

Boulder 3 – T4z3

Boulder 4 – z2

Results – 1T3z 4 6

Attempts to Top – 4

Attempts to Zone – 6

Lead Climbing

Coleman was in 11th place heading into the lead climbing round but a fifth-place finish in the lead event was enough to advance Coleman to the climbing finals.

He worked hard for that fifth-place finish after he struggled through the bouldering event, which is normally his specialty.

The Olympic climbing finals are on Thursday, August 5 beginning at 2:30 a.m. MDT.

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Utah’s Nathaniel Coleman Barely Makes Olympic Climbing Final