HOME SPEED ATHLETES DELIGHT JAKARTA CROWDS
The final International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup 2022 of the Lead and Speed disciplines got underway in Jakarta, Indonesia with the home crowd getting much to cheer about.
With nearly 100 Speed athletes in action, it was the Indonesian men who got the competition and the cheering crowds in the city venue going as Veddriq Leonardo set the quickest time of the day with 5.06 seconds.
Korea’s Shin Euncheol was in fine form twice breaking the national record in his two runs. He first posted a 5.55 before lowering it to 5.43.
World Cup Edinburgh winner Samuel Watson of the USA goes through to the finals series and is joined by European challengers, Erik Noya Cardano of Spain and European bronze medallist Guillaume Moro of France.
There was also a new National record for Chinese Taipei as Chia Hsiang Lin tapped at 6.5 seconds - unfortunately he missed out on finals racing though with that time unable to break the top-16.
For the full men’s Speed results click here
There are five Indonesian women through to the final series with home favourite Desak Made Rita Kusuma Dewi leading the way.
In a very competitive women’s line-up, the Indonesian climber went under seven seconds in both of her runs, with 6.75 the best of the two and good enough to top qualification.
Following closely behind are the usual suspects of China’s Deng Lijuan and the Kalucka sisters – Aleksandra and Natalia. World Cup Edinburgh medallist Emma Hunt of USA is also pushing the top of the order.
Despite missing out on a place in the finals series, New Zealand’s Sarah Tetzlaff lowered her nation’s best time with a 10.23 seconds for a new record.
For the full women’s Speed results click here
Indonesia's Desak Made Rita Kusuma Dewi tops the women's Speed qualification
Photo: Lena Drapella/IFSC