Shauna Coxsey will now concentrate on rock-climbing. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Shauna Coxsey will now concentrate on rock-climbing. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

British Olympian Shauna Coxsey has ended her sport-climbing career with a 10th place in the qualifying rounds of the Tokyo Games.

The climber announced in June she intended to concentrate on rock-climbing after the Olympics.

She came fourth in her specialist bouldering discipline, 13th in the lead competition and 16th in the speed section, leaving her in 10th place overall, outside the scores for Friday’s finals.

She said: “I think I have a lot of options for what comes next. Thinking about this whole experience it’s almost overwhelming. It’s such a pivotal time for my sport, and it’s such a huge privilege to be part of it. It’s so surreal and I don’t think it’ll sink in until afterwards.

“So, next I’ll definitely focus on rock-climbing for a while. That’s almost what I did five years ago when the sport got announced in the Olympic Games and I made the decision to try and qualify for the Olympics.

“I put that on hold and it feels like the right time to do that now.”

Coxsey won the overall bouldering world cup title in both 2016 and 2017, and holds 30 International Federation of Sport Climbing world cup medals in total, as well as two world championship medals.

Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret, the reigning combined world champion, took the top spot to secure a place in Friday’s final, where she will be joined by seven other sport climbing Olympians.

The men’s speed, bouldering and lead climbing finals will take place on Thursday, with the medals decided after the final lead discipline.

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