Haram Jeon and Jimin Jeong became the first Speed youth world champions for Korea on day two of the 2018 IFSC Youth World Championships. Italy and the United States also won two medals in Youth B Speed finals to improve their odds in the medal race in Moscow.
Anna Calanca of Italy bested Kiara Pellicane-Hart in the semi-final with the fastest time among Youth B female athletes (8.67 seconds), securing the first medal for Italy in Moscow. A small slip in the final race was all Jeong needed to surpass Calanca and take the first title for Korea in Speed climbing at the IFSC Youth World Championships. Pellicane-Hart gained the lead in the small final, but a late fall handed the Bronze medal to American teammate Emma Hunt, who added a bronze medal to the team’s tally.
Jeon soared in the final race of Speed finals for male Youth B athletes. He was the only competitor to climb the 15-metre Speed wall in under 7 seconds (6.95 seconds), giving Korea the provisional lead in the medal table and its second gold medal by beating Italian Andrea Zappini.
Zappini was quick all day, ousting 2017 bronze medalist Evgeny Kuzin in the quarterfinal and making it two silver medals for Italy. Maksim Ryzhov, the sole Russian athlete in the Youth B medal races, grabbed the lead early in the small final but slipped towards the top, allowing enough time for Ellis Ernsberger to claim the second bronze medal for the United States today and third medal in Moscow.