The Olympic Combined men’s final was a nail-biting event. No one would have predicted the outcome, not even Alberto Gines Lopez himself. All credit goes to Lopez for winning gold fair and square. He won the speed event by upsetting Tomoa the hot favourite to win speed after Bassa Mawem was out due to injury. Lopez did not do well for bouldering but he was able to outperform all the non-lead specialists in the lead event and secure gold.
The 3 men standing on the podium were not the favourites going into the Olympic games. But if there is one climber that has the credentials to perform at the biggest stage Jakoh Schubert is the man to do it. Finishing dead last at the speed event and 5th at bouldering, things don’t look good for Jakob Schubert. With Adam Ondra finishing just shy of the top in lead event it seems like no one will better Adam’s attempt.
With all to play for and honestly nothing to lose. Jakob Schubert the last lead climber of the day just need to perform better than Adam Ondra the best lead climber in the world. And Jakob Schubert did just that like it’s a Tuesday in the office. Flawless and clinical like the multiple lead world cup and world championship winner he is. He did not just better Adam Ondra’s high point, he topped the route in convincing fashion. What a way to finish on the biggest sporting stage.
Is Jakob Schubert the best climber? No, he is not. Adam Ondra is still by far the most accomplished climber. But Jakob Schubert in my opinion is the climber who is able to deliver the best performance when it matters and man he did.
Congratulations to Jakob Schubert for winning the bronze medal in the Olympic Games.