INDONESIAN SENSATION KIROMAL KATIBIN SETS NEW MEN’S SPEED WORLD RECORD IN SALT LAKE CITY
Announced, but not less astonishing: 20-year-old Speed climber Kiromal Katibin of Indonesia crushed the men’s Speed world record at the IFSC World Cup in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, stopping the clock at 5.258 seconds during today’s qualification round.
Participating in his very first IFSC World Cup competition, Katibin’s name started spreading quickly among athletes, media, and officials, as he clocked in unofficial records during warm-up and practice sessions, multiple times.
In the very first run of the qualification round, then, Katibin lined up with United States’ Darren Skolnik, maximizing his reaction time, displaying an unbelievable section of moves and flying up the 15-metre wall to hit the finish pad after 5.258 seconds – 0.222 seconds better than the previous world record, set by Iran’s Reza Alipourshenazandifar in April 2017 in Nanjing, China.
The men’s and womens’s Speed finals will begin tonight at 8:00 PM (UTC-6:00) and will be streamed live on the IFSC’s YouTube channel. News and updates will be available on the IFSC website and on its social media profiles: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.