Thursday, 09 August 2018 20:24

Day 1: Kalucka, Nagaev First to Gold in Moscow

Natalia Kalucka of Poland and Russia’s own Almaz Nagaev raced to the first gold medals of the 2018 IFSC Youth World Championships in Moscow today.

N. Kalucka capitalized on an early slip from teammate and 2017 champion Aleksandra Kalucka in the semi-final, the fastest female athlete in Youth A today (7.93 seconds). Kamilla Kushaeva of Russia, bronze medalist in Youth B last year, joined her in the big final after slapping the finishing pad three hundredths of a second before teammate Daria Potapova, 2017 runner-up in Youth B. Both flawless in the final race, N. Kalucka earned the first victory this week in Moscow in another tight race over Kushaeva, who secured the first medal for Russia. In the small final, Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 (YOG) qualified athlete A. Kalucka held on for bronze over Potapova.

2018 IFSC Climbing Youth World Championship Moscow Russia Speed Kalucka

Nagaev and Russian teammate Eduard Daukaev each scored only one time above 7 seconds in the Speed finals, and Nagaev advanced in the semi-final by less than one tenth of a second. American Jordan Fishman climbed against him in the big final, the fastest male Youth A athlete in Moscow (6.40 seconds). When Fishman slipped in the last race, Nagaev seized the opportunity in front of his home crowd to become the first youth world champion for Russia this year. In the small final, Daukaev outpaced YOG qualified athlete and Ecuadorian speedster Nickolaie Rivadeneira for Russia’s third medal of the competition.

2018 IFSC Climbing Youth World Championship Moscow Russia Speed Nagaev

Visit the official event page for the full results, Youth A Speed finals replay and day one highlights in Moscow, and click here for the current medal table.

2018 IFSC Climbing Youth World Championship Moscow Russia Speed Podium Youth A Female

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