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Heartbreak and Dark Horses Abound—A Photo Gallery of Women’s Sport Climbing Olympic Qualifiers

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All photos by Jess Talley and Jon Glassberg, of Louder than 11, who are in Tokyo covering the Games for Climbing, Gym Climber and Rock and Ice.

 

Brooke Raboutou showing why flexibility is key. Raboutou is the only American women going to finals. She qualified in 5th. Sport Climbing Women’s Qualifications at the 2020 Olympics Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Jess Talley, Jon Glassberg/Louder Than 11 
Janja Garnbret, of Slovenia, on the women’s lead qualifiers. It was not Garnbret’s best lead performance, as she placed 4th in Lead, but the Slovenian is not to be counted out. Sport Climbing Women’s Qualifications at the 2020 Olympics Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Jess Talley, Jon Glassberg/Louder Than 11

Anouck Jaubert, of France, advanced to the finals. Jaubert is a speed specialist, and qualified in the 8th, and final, spot. Sport Climbing Women’s Qualifications at the 2020 Olympics Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Jess Talley, Jon Glassberg/Louder Than 11

 

Japanese powerhouse Miho Nonaka showing why she is always a contender–Miho ended the day in the 3rd spot…with an injured knee. At the Women’s Boulder Qualifications during the Olympics in Tokyo. Photo: Jess Talley, Jon Glassberg/Louder Than 11

 

Janja Garnbret (Slovenia) and Julia Chanourdie (France) approach the Speed wall. Garnbret finished 14th, slipping on both runs, while Chanourdie had a great performance, landing in 8th place when the dust settled for the day. Photo: Jess Talley, Jon Glassberg/Louder Than 11

 

Viktoriia Meshkova (Russia) gives the final Women’s Boulder her best effort during qualifications in Tokyo. This problem all but spit off the best of the best. Photo: Jess Talley, Jon Glassberg/Louder Than 11
Iuliia Kaplina, a Russian speed specialist, was not happy with her speed runs. She would qualify in 5th in Speed. Sport Climbing Women’s Qualifications at the 2020 Olympics Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Jess Talley, Jon Glassberg/Louder Than 11
Team USA athlete Kyra Condie getting ready to compete. Condie didn’t make finals, as she qualified in 11th place at day’s end. Only the top eight advance. Sport Climbing Women’s Qualifications at the 2020 Olympics Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Jess Talley, Jon Glassberg/Louder Than 11
Seo Chaehyun, of South Korea, had been an unknown factor going into qualis. However, that is no longer the case. The seventeen year old qualified for finals in second. Sport Climbing Women’s Qualifications at the 2020 Olympics Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Jess Talley, Jon Glassberg/Louder Than 11 
Akiyo Noguchi, a favorite in her home country, put on an impressive showing in all disciplines. She finished the day in 4th. Sport Climbing Women’s Qualifications at the 2020 Olympics Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Jess Talley, Jon Glassberg/Louder Than 11