Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

‘I loved being there – I gave my all’


OLYMPIC climber Shauna Coxsey from Runcorn bowed out of the Tokyo Games after finishing two places behind the qualifying pack.

The former Bouldering World Cup winner and five-times British champion finished 10th overall, a short way behind the eight climbers who progressed to the final but managed keep a smile on her face during the gruelling contest.

Tokyo’s sport climbing event was the event’s Olympic debut, and was divided into three sections: speed, bouldering, and lead climbing.

Shauna’s strongest round was the bouldering, where she finished fourth.

The 28-year-old former Grange School pupil from Runcorn, took to Instagram to express her mixed emotions at competing at the Olympics, only for injury to scupper her bid for medal glory, and the next few weeks expected to involve scans, rest and visits to the doctor.

She also thanked her coach and physio.

In an earlier post she stressed that she “loved being out there” regardless of the result.

Writing online in a post liked more than 23,000 times, she said: “When I say I didn’t know if I’d actually get to become an Olympian, trust me, I mean it.

“If the struggles I’ve been through to get here and the constant pain in my back wasn’t enough, I tore my meniscus in training a few days before competing at the Games.

“I never know how much to share with you all but yeh, the last few days were fecking brutal and it was honestly the hardest part of this whole journey yet.

“I desperatel­y wanted to finish my journey as a complete climber fighting on the wall with a smile on my face.

“I love this sport. It meant so much to me that I was able to get out there and have fun.

“Even despite moves like above being rather painful.”

She added: “I am so glad I didn’t look at my ultrasound scan until after the comp! Looks like the next few weeks will be lots of rest and a few more scans and visits to knee doctors again.

“The road to recovery is not one I’m afraid of.

“Wishing all of the athletes in finals all the joy and happiness. Have a good time out there!!” In an earlier post, she said: “I’ve felt so much love today from so many of you and I couldn’t be more grateful.

“Thank you will never be enough.

“I flipping loved being out there and I am so happy to be walking away knowing I gave my all for one last time.”

 ??  ?? ● Shauna Coxsey, also left, in action in Tokyo
● Shauna Coxsey, also left, in action in Tokyo
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