The first medals in speed climbing were awarded today at the IFSC Climbing Youth World Championships in Arco, Trentino.
The Russian Elena Remizova won the Junior competition: “I was very focused on my race; this will be my last World Youth Championship: I had to give my best. In my opinion Arco is the world capital of climbing. Everybody here loves this sport and I always feel at ease”; in the final the Russian won ahead of the Chilean Alejandra Contrera; the small final saw the Polish Alexandra Kalucka, who slipped in the semi-finals, win ahead of Natalia Grossman (USA). In the Youth A female competition, the American Emma Hunt triumphed ahead of the other American Kiara Pellicane-Hart in the final: “I’m so happy to be here – said Hunt – I’m so happy and proud. I can’t believe I won!”. In the Youth A male competition, the Russian Iaroslav Pashkov won ahead of the American Jordan Fishman and of the Korean Yongjun Jung: “I’ve been competing for six years but this is my first international competition. I come from a new generation of Russians in climbing, we only climb on artificial walls”, stated the winner. Tomorrow the Climbing World Championships in Trentino will continue with the Youth B male bouldering semi-finals from 9.30 am to 11 am and with the Youth B female finals from 12.30 pm to 2 pm; in the afternoon – from 4.30 pm to 6 pm – there will be the bouldering finals of the Youth B male and Juniors male categories.

Speed Final – Junior female
1 Remizova Elena RUS; 2 Contreras Alejandra CHI; 3 Kalucka Aleksandra POL; 4 Grossman Natalia USA; 5 Vasi Francesca ITA; 6 Bair Lauren USA; 7 Kalucka Natalia POL; 8 Aksenova Polina RUS

Speed Final – Youth A female
1 Hunt Emma USA; 2 Pellicane-Hart Kiara USA; 3 Calanca Anna ITA; 4 Randi Giulia ITA; 5 Ovchinnikova Iuliia RUS; 6 Lotz Julia AUT; 7 Amanda Narda Mutia INA; 8 Ritter Franziska GER

Speed Final – Youth A male
1 Pashkov Iaroslav RUS; 2 Fishman Jordan USA; 3 Jung Yongjun KOR; 4 Stefani Jacopo ITA; 5 Altynbekov Beknur KAZ; 6 Zappini Andrea ITA; 7 Muehring Joshua USA; 8 Takeda Hajime JPN