Climbing is a primary human movement and an easy-to-understand sport. Deeply connected with nature, climbers have developed their own lifestyle.

The two past decades have been a period of spectacular growth for climbing, and is now a popular urban sport thanks to the development of climbing gyms. Sport Climbing has gained credibility not only as competitive sport, but also for its social values.

Sport Climbing is one of the four sports that were included in the Buenos Aires 2018 sport programme.

40 Athletes (20 women and 20 men)

Women / Men / Individual / Combined Team



Competitors compete in three disciplines that are combined in a single ranking to decide the Women's Combined and Men's Combined medals.


Speed: the aim of Speed is to be the fastest to reach the top of a 15m high wall; Men and women compete on identical routes which are not modified between rounds; the competitors compete (race) in pairs on identical routes; the winner is the first to reach the top of the route.


Bouldering: the aim of Bouldering is to solve (complete) the most problems (climbing route) in the least number of attempts over a given period of time; men and women climb on 4,5m high structures (Boulders) equipped with safety mats; the Bouldering ranking is decided by the number of problems solved.


Lead: in Lead, the aim for the competitors is to go as high as possible in an individual attempt on a route designed on a 15m wall; the competitors have a limited amount of time (six (6) minutes) for their attempt.


Combined ranking: the competitor’s rank in each discipline is aggregated and the competitor with the lowest number of points after the Final wins the competition.

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