McNeice, McArthur and Thompson-Smith Provisionally Qualify for Paris 2024 in BudapestNewsflash

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Following the Boulder & Lead semi-finals of the second round of the Olympic Qualifier Series in Budapest, three GB Climbing athletes have earned provisional quota places for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games next month. Pending IOC approval, Erin McNeice, Hamish McArthur and Molly Thompson-Smith will join their teammate Toby Roberts, who qualified in Laval last year, to form a full-quota Boulder & Lead team for Great Britain in Paris.

Molly Thompson-Smith has earned a provisional quota place for Paris alongside Erin McNeice and Hamish McArthur.  © Lena Drapella/IFSC
Molly Thompson-Smith has earned a provisional quota place for Paris alongside Erin McNeice and Hamish McArthur.
© Lena Drapella/IFSC

After adding the ranking points from both rounds in Shanghai and Budapest, the top twelve eligible Boulder & Lead athletes per sex - which includes the top ten eligible climbers plus two unused Host and Universality places - earn provisional tickets which will be confirmed by the IOC/NOCs following Sunday's finals.

In the semi-final round, the majority of places were provisionally secured. Erin finished 5th in the semi-final and is provisionally ranked 3rd overall ahead of tomorrow's final; Molly finished 11th in the semi-final and ranked 11th overall, while Hamish placed 10th and is provisionally ranked 7th overall.

Erin won bronze in Shanghai and is guaranteed a top-eight finish in the Budapest round - and a top-ten finish overall - in the final tomorrow morning from 8:25 a.m.

In the finals, the overall rankings will be confirmed and the French men's quota places decided. Currently, the three French athletes Paul Jenft, Sam Avezou and Mejdi Schalck are all in the running to fill the two quota places for their country, depending on Avezou and Schalck's rankings after the final.

All quota places are provisional until confirmed by the IOC/NOCs. 

OQS Boulder & Lead - *Provisional* quota places for Paris 2024:

Women: Brooke Raboutou (USA), Seo Chaehyun (KOR), Erin McNeice (GBR), Nonaka Miho (JPN), Jenya Kazbekova (UKR), Lou Zhilou (CHN), Zélia Avezou (FRA), Camilla Moroni (ITA), Lucia Dörffel (GER), Mia Krampl (SLO), Molly Thompson-Smith (GBR), Laura Rogora (ITA).

Men: Lee Dohyun (KOR), Alberto Ginés-López (ESP), Adam Ondra (CZE), Sascha Lehmann (SUI), Hannes van Duysen (BEL), Hamish McArthur (GBR), Yannick Flohé (GER), Alex Megos (GER), Luka Potocar (SLO), Yufei Pan (CHN) + two of these French athletes TBD tomorrow: Paul Jenft, Sam Avezou and Mejdi Schalck.  

GB Climbing athletes who also competed in the Olympic Qualifier Series were Max Milne (22nd in Budapest), Jack MacDougall (32nd in Budapest) and Jim Pope (42nd in Budapest).

Toby Roberts qualified for Paris by winning the European Qualifier Event in Laval, France last October (UKC News).

Team GB's first climbing Olympian was Shauna Coxsey, who finished 10th in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Full Budapest OQS report to follow. 

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22 Jun

Brilliant! Well done, to whoever may or may not have done what in Budapest. 😉

Absolutely brilliant news from Budapest (subject to official ratification). Spent the afternoon glued to the live stream and didn't begrudge one moment of a sunny Saturday when I could have been climbing.

Huge congratulations to all the athletes! Cheers, Dom

23 Jun

So cool to have (potentially 😉) more than one GB athlete to support in Paris!

This althlete (these unconfirmed athletes) are building on the success of Shauna and it will be interesting to see what GB climbers can achieve over the next 20 years with some proper funding i.e. similar to the other leading climbing nations.

23 Jun

Where can I find the video of the final please?

Either it doesn't exist or I'm being really stupid.


23 Jun

The finals aren’t finished yet, you can watch it live on the Olympic channel website.

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