Even by validating his second block in a row, Mickaël Mawem did not clench his fist, concentrated. It was not until the third block, validated on the very first try, to see him make a sign to the blue staff and let out a cry of rage. Three blocks out of four validated in just five tests. Nobody did better this Tuesday.
A performance of great days for Mickaël Mawem, European bouldering champion in 2019, which allows him to take the lead in the provisional classification of these Olympic qualifications before the ultimate test, the difficulty. His presence in the final is already mathematically assured.
His older brother, Bassa Mawem, only took 18th place in the bouldering event, the discipline of his debut. The two-time World Cup sprint winner battled but only managed to validate one area (about halfway up the block). But thanks to his speed victory, the Frenchman remains in the top 3 of the provisional classification before the difficulty (from 2:10 p.m. French time).
As a reminder, the first 8 will qualify for the final on Thursday. The classification of each event is multiplied to obtain a number of points, the smallest total wins the qualifications. Several contenders for the Olympic podium ensured this event, like the Japanese Tomoa Narasaki (2nd in the block) and the Czech Adam Ondra (3rd).