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The Men’s Olympic Qualifiers: A Photo Gallery of Climbing’s Debut in Tokyo

Men's Qualifications: Our on-site photographers John Glassberg and Jess Talley captured climbing's Olympians on the very first event.

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Ondra figuring it out in the men’s qualifier. Ondra, a favorite for the podium, would place 3rd in Bouldering. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11
Michael and Bassa Mawem, both of France, and brothers, heading into qualifiers. Michael, in front, would finish first. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11
Team USA athlete Nathaniel Coleman feeling good in Lead qualifiers. He’d top out in 5th place. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11
Jongwon Chon, the South Korean legend, giving it his all in the Bouldering round. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11

Colin Duffy, of Team USA, putting in a performance of a lifetime on the men’s qualification Lead route. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11
On the biggest stage climbing has ever reached: Nathaniel Coleman (right) battles the clock with Alex Megos (left). Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11
Tomoa Narasaki, of Japan, finished the day in second place. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11

Team USA Head Coach, Josh Larson, arrives for the men’s qualifier. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11
Jakob Schubert, of Austria, placed 1st in Lead. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11

Jan Hojer, of Germany, working hard on the men’s boulders. He would place 9th in Bouldering. Photo: Jon Glassberg / Jess Talley / Louder Than 11