France FRA

Sport Climbing

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  • First Olympic Games
    Tokyo 2020
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France-born Bassa Mawem is one half of a brotherly duo who have made a big impact on sport climbing – with Bassa setting the Olympic speed climbing record in Tokyo before injury kept him out of the combined final.

At 36 years old heading to Japan, Mawem was the oldest climber on the Olympic roster but there’s no sign of ageing when it comes to his hunger and desire to succeed. He was 15 years old when he seemingly stumbled upon climbing, realising his natural ability led it to become something of a passion for him.

It was something he shared with his brother Mickaël, recalling how climbing would be an anchor of sorts for the two of them.

“We did some silly things at some points, like every kid, but climbing was always here to reframe us, to show us the right way,” he told

Despite being incredibly strong – which fares him well in bouldering – he specialises in speed and much of his success has been founded on it. He earned his spot on the French team in 2011, and just two years later became a French Champion recording a record time of under six seconds.

Mawem finished the 2018 World Championships in second place, taking home a silver medal. He then went onto win the speed event at the World Cup in Russia – very nearly setting a new record – before setting the Olympic standard in Tokyo with 5.45 seconds.

He'll be nearly 40 by the time Paris 2024 comes around. But with speed and lead/bouldering split into separate medal events, he'll have the podium in his sights.

On the way, he and his brother continue to be each other’s biggest fans, pushing one another until the very end – even on their shared Instagram page.

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Tokyo 2020

Men's Combined
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