The women’s Combined finals of the IFSC African Championships in Cape Town (RSA) crowned South Africa’s Erin Sterkenburg as the continental champion, awarding her with the coveted Olympic quota place for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Competing in the third IFSC
competition of her career after the 2018 and 2019 IFSC Youth World
Championships, Sterkenburg ruled the final from the very beginning,
placing 1st in the Speed stage with the time of 12.52 seconds.
In the ensuing Boulder and
Lead stages, the 17-year-old climber from Durban placed ahead of her
teammate Georgiana Dorward (18) twice, closing her final with the
perfect Combined ranking score and writing her name among the Olympic
qualified athletes in Sport Climbing.
The podium was completed by
Dorward in 2nd place with 16.0 ranking points and Tegwen Oates (17) —
also representing South Africa — in 3rd position with 27.0.
The final ranking of the women’s Combined event at the 2020 IFSC African Championships in Cape Town is as follows:
Erin Sterkenburg (RSA) 1.0 points
Georgiana Dorward (RSA) 16.0
Tegwen Oates (RSA) 27.0
Catherine Honegger (RSA) 56.0
Caitlyn Burwood (RSA) 144.0
Alyssa Meyer (RSA) 175.0
Danielle Visser (RSA) 210.0
Credo Kasemiire (UGA) 512.0
For the women’s Combined finals results click here.