8/19/13 - Russian climbers dominated the speed climbing events at the IFSC World Youth Championship in British Columbia, Canada, this weekend, winning gold in four out of six competition categories. But U.S. climbers were hot on their heels in several categories, taking two silver medals and two bronzes. More than two dozen U.S. climbers also qualified for the semifinals in lead climbing, which take place this morning.
In the speed event, held Sunday, August 18, climbers compete head to head on identical courses, with the winners finishing under 10 seconds. The world record on this course is under 6 seconds, and the fastest time on Sunday was 6.32 seconds.
For the U.S. team, Kayla Lieuw won a silver medal and Kyra Condie won a bronze in the Female Youth A comnpetition, an event won by Elena Markusheva of Russia. In Female Youth B, Margarita Marsanova won a silver medal in a head-to-head race against gold medalist Daria Kan of Russia. Among the boys, the only U.S. medalist was John Brosler, who earned a bronze medal in the Male Youth A category.
Meanwhile, lead climbing qualifying rounds for the World Youth Championship were held Friday and Saturday at the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich, BC. The U.S. sent 23 climbers to the semifinals, which start this morning at 9 Pacific time. The finals will begin at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time today. Watch all the events live at ifsc-climbing.org.
Visit the Facebook page for the Boulders Climbing Gym to see many photos from the speed competition by Christian J. Stewart.
Dates of event: August 15–19, 2013