It was double history for Alberto Ginés López, as the 18-year-old was crowned first-ever Olympic champion in the men’s Combined event, becoming the youngest Spanish Olympic gold medallist in the process.
After winning the Speed final with a time of 6.42 seconds, Ginés López finished last in the Boulder round and dropped down the leader board. However, his fourth place in Lead gave him an overall score of 28.00 points and the edge in the medal fight.
"It's a dream come true," the teenager commented on his triumph. "I didn't expect it at all. I didn't expect to get into the final. A dream come true.
"I was doing some calculating, with the points, and then I decided not to get into that, that it wouldn't be good for me. I just decided to do as well as I could, and I thought 'If I do well, I do well, and if I don't, I don't.'"