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Historic Olympic Qualifier Series event concludes in Shanghai leaving one more stop before Paris 2024


19 May 2024 – The first-ever Olympic Qualifier Series event has finished in Shanghai after a thrilling day of finals in three of the four sports, with athletes gaining vital points for Olympic Games Paris 2024.

The action will resume in Budapest next month for the second and final Olympic Qualifier Series event.

Both events are urban festivals that bring together the competition but also the lifestyle of four sports – breaking, BMX freestyle, skateboarding and sport climbing. The public have been able to enjoy a mix of sports competition, music, art and fashion over four days.

American men had a highly successful Sunday in Skateboarding in Shanghai. Jagger Eaton won the Men’s Street which he said felt like a “huge accomplishment” and also finished third in the Men’s Park, which was won by compatriot Tate Carew.

Brazilian Rayssa Leal won the Women’s Street Skateboarding, narrowly beating Liz Akama on a day where there was a strong showing overall from Japan’s athletes. Arisa Trew of Australia won the Women’s Park.

In Sport Climbing Dohyun Lee (KOR) finished above Olympic Champion Alberto Gines Lopez (ESP) in Men’s Boulder & Lead, but both showed they are likely to be competing for medals in Paris, along with Adam Ondra (CZE) who dominated the boulder competition.

American climber Brooke Rabotou took a huge advantage into the Women’s Lead final from the Boulder section, and finished highest in the Shanghai standings.

History was made in Shanghai with the first winners of an Olympic Qualifier Series Breakingevent. The B-Girls finals were dominated by Japan. B-Girl Ayumi beat B-Girl Ami in the Big Final, while B-Girl Riko won the small final. B-Boy Lee of the Netherlands was the winner of the B-Boys event.

The BMX Freestyle Park finals had taken place on Saturday. An equal gender split of 464 athletes from 120 National Federations are competing in this first Olympic Qualifier Series.

All four sports in Shanghai were watched by IOC President Thomas Bach, who spoke on Saturday of how the “young sports and worldwide stage are enriching each other.” “The four sports and disciplines we have in both the Olympic Qualifier events this year really come together,” added IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell in Shanghai.

“First of all, culturally. You can see the athletes across the different sports. These sports are about self-expression in different ways, they bring together music, culture, the sport itself on the field of play. Equally they come together physically.”

Replays from the Olympic Qualifier Series in Shanghai are available on Olympics.com

Olympic Information Service photos and text from the Olympic Qualifier Series 2024 here:


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