2017 Chongqing Speed World Cup Review
The first big casualty of the day was Poland’s Marcin Dzienski who made mistakes in both his seeding runs, leaving him 18th on the day.
Moving in to the finals round, we saw the usual elite moving quickly to the top. The big story however of finals was the new rules, or at least the technology being used to monitor them. Several times we saw dubious starts where it appeared a climber had jumped the start – in testing after the event by certain coaches, it was repeatedly found that going between the 2nd and 3rd beep would not trigger a false start.
Needless to say this has left some infuriated coaches and athletes looking for answers going into the next rounds as it’ll be important for the climbers to understand exactly when to go, as with the no false start rule they can’t risk anything that would put them out of the competition.
The other big news was the setting of a new World Record by Russian Star Iuliia Kaplina. Iuliia backed it up with a superb win, getting her season off to a perfect start and defeating her compatriot Mariia Krasavina while Ukrainian Alla Marenych rounded out the podium. World Champion looked unlucky not to be on the podium with Alla’s start in the small final clearly before the third beep.
In the men’s we saw a first victory by young Russian Vladislav Deulin who finally got the result he desired after a slip going for the buzzer in a winning position last year. He edged out veteran Stanislav Kokorin in this years final by four hundredths of a second.
In third Ukrainian star Danyil Boldyrev came super close to his own world record clocking a 5.62 in the small final.
Now, onto Nanjing for the second round of the 2017 IFSC Speed World Cup series.