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Khaibullin wins Olympic berth in sport climbing for Kazakhstan

Date : 22 Aug 2019

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, August 22, 2019: Rishat Khaibullin of Kazakhstan booked his berth in sport climbing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics when he finished in the top seven in the men’s event at the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships in Japan last weekend.

Khaibullin set a new Kazakhstan record of 5.863 seconds in speed climbing – bouldering and lead climbing are the other two disciplines in sport climbing – as he booked his ticket in the sport which will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

A total of 83 athletes from 39 countries took part in the World Championships, the first qualification event for the Olympics.

Khaibullin’s success in sport climbing takes the number of Kazakhstan athletes who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics to nine. The others are Dmitry Balandin in swimming (100 and 200m breaststroke), Vitaliy Khudyakov in marathon swimming, Olga Rypakova and Georgiy Sheiko in track and field, Evgeny Gidich in cycling and the men’s archery team of Denis Gankin, Ilfat Abdullin and Sanzhar Mussayev.



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