March 19th, 2018 Last weekend American athletes hit the walls of the new Mesa Rim gym in Reno, Nevada, for […]
March 19th, 2018
Last weekend American athletes hit the walls of the new Mesa Rim gym in Reno, Nevada, for the 2018 Sport and Speed Open National Championships.
The 2016 gold medalist Sean Bailey claimed gold for men’s sport and Team ABC’s John Brosler for men’s speed, while Team Texas’ 19-year-old Claire Buhrfeind became the first athlete ever to claim gold in both disciplines.
The Sport National Championships are based on a three-round system consisting of qualifiers, semi-Finals and finals.
Competitors have a single attempt to climb two routes in Qualifiers and one each in semi-Finals and Finals, with points being awarded for each hold reached.
The top twenty qualifying athletes proceed to semi-finals from which the eight frontrunners advance to finals.
In the speed discipline competitors climb the speed route twice for qualifiers. From here the top eight athletes climb the route twice more in finals.