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  1. Britain's Coxsey wins world climbing bronze

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    Video caption: Britain's Shauna Coxsey wins bronze in Bouldering at the Climbing World Championships

    Britain's Shauna Coxsey tops two walls to win a bouldering bronze medal at the Climbing World Championships in Japan.

  2. What is Lead Climbing?

    Climbers have to scale a wall at least 12 metres in height following a route that is 15 metres long and 3m wide.

    Each competitor has six minutes and just one attempt to complete the route. In this discipline athletes are attached to the wall with a rope and are awarded points for certain handholds that they manage to reach.

    Any athlete that manages to make it to the top of the route is scored ‘top’.

    Lead climbing rules:

    • Six minutes per route
    • Finals are in "onsight" mode. Collective observation time is 6 minutes, the individual observation time (just prior to starting) is 40 seconds
    • All quickdraws must be clipped in order
    • Skipping quickdraws are not allowed
    • In case of a tie, countback to the previous round is used
    • The scoring on the route depends on the route map provided by the Chief Route Setter
    Jessica Pilz
    Image caption: Jessica Pilz is the defending women's lead world champion
  3. Speed climber v milk-drinking & biscuit-eating

    British record-holding speed climber Will Bosi can climb a 15-metre vertical wall in just 8.45 seconds.

    Watch below as Will shows off his skills racing against people trying ordinary day-to-day stuff.

    You can watch the men's and women's speed climbing finals on Saturday on the Red Button, BBC Sport website and iPlayer.

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    Video caption: Will Bosi climbs a 15m wall faster than you can post a selfie
  4. 2020 Olympics: Climbing faces challenge for acceptance

    There has arguably never been an event more fitting of the Olympic motto - 'faster, higher, stronger' - than sport climbing.

    It is among four* new sports set to make Olympic debuts at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but climbing's inclusion has divided opinion.

    Some believe the new triathlon format, which will see athletes awarded medals based on scores across three formats - speed, lead and bouldering - is an exciting innovation.

    Others view it is a gimmick, destroying the art of each specialist climbing discipline and worry that Olympic rules risk of 'over regulating' the sport which thrives on freedom and expression.

    Shauna Coxsey
    Image caption: Shauna Coxsey became the first Briton to win the Bouldering World Cup
  5. How to follow the 2019 Climbing World Championships

    The Climbing World Championships are taking place in Hachioji, Japan. Over 253 athletes from 39 different countries are due to compete in what will include the first ever Olympic climbing qualifying event.

    BBC Sport will bring you live coverage across the tournament on the Red Button, BBC Sport website & app as well as on Connected TV.

    Thursday, 15 August

    10:35-13:35 - Women’s & Men’s Lead Finals

    Saturday, 17 August

    09:20-10:45 - Women’s and Men’s Speed Finals

    Tuesday, 20 August

    08:15-12:45- Women’s Combined Final

    Wednesday, 21 August

    08:15-12:45- Men’s Combined Final

    You can catch-up on all the action for 30 days on the BBC iPlayer.

  6. Get Inspired: How to get into climbing

    Get Inspired


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    Video caption: Rock climbing: What to expect when you try the sport

    How do I start?

    British Mountaineering Council (BMC) will be able to help you find a club near you in England and Wales. If you live in Scotland, get in touch with Mountaineering Scotland and in Northern Ireland, try Mountaineering Ireland.

    What to expect?

    • To get started you'll need ropes, harnesses, a helmet and comfortable shoes. Most climbing centres have these available for hire or purchase.
    • Paraclimbing is an inclusive sport which caters for all abilities. The BMC host the National Paraclimbing Series which is a competition open to any level of climber.
    • It's a perfect family activity because it's fun and it teaches teamwork and trust. The Youth Climbing Series offers climbing competitions for young people.
    • Regular climbing can improve stamina and all the reaching and stretching for holds improves flexibility and agility.
    • The activity uses lots of muscle groups, both in the upper and lower body. Your arms, back and shoulders as well as abdominal and leg muscles all get exercised.