Video: New Speed Climbing World Record

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Czech climber Libor Hroza set a new world record in speed climbing on August 30, ascending the 15-meter (49-foot) speed course in 5.73 seconds, during a competition in Arco, Italy. Hroza, 27, is ranked second in the world in speed climbing. The IFSC has formalized the rules for international speed competitions, and records are only counted if they take place on a certified wall (currently only seven in the world, including one in Canada), using the exact same holds and route on every course. The women's 15-meter speed record (7.85 seconds) is held by Iuliia Kaplina from Russia.