Iranian speed climber Reza Alipour Shenazandifard has put on impressive displays at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Climbing World Cup Villars 2017 in Switzerland, and finished as the champion to snatch the gold medal.
On Saturday, the 23-year-old "Vertical World's Fastest Man” took part in the men’s lead competitions, and set 5.63 seconds to claim the top position of the chart at the prestigious sporting event, the Islamic Republic of Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation website reported.
Russia’s Stanislav Kokorin clocked 6.11 seconds to land in the second spot and collect the silver medal. Vladislav Deulin, another contestant from Russia, got the bronze medal.
The IFSC Climbing World Cup Villars 2017 started in Switzerland on July 7, and will finish the next day.
The tournament is being held in women’s lead, women’s speed, men’s lead and men’s speed sections.
Speed climbing is a race in its purest form. Two contestants face each other while moving up the ice in this disciple, and the faster climber wins.
Lead climbing, on the other hand, emphasizes on strength and techniques. Climbers go up the ice alone and try to reach a specific end point within a given amount of time.
To practice the sport at the highest level of competition, it takes athletes with strategic insight, power, precision and full commitment.