Mawem and Song Win Gold in the First Speed World Cup of 2019

YiLing is overcome by emotion after winning her first World Cup.

It’s been just one week since the first IFSC World Cup in Meiringen, but already the second World Cup of the season has begun in Moscow, Russia. Early this morning, April 12th, Bassa Mawem, from France, and YiLing Song, from China, ran the winning times of 5.699 and 7.389 in the first Speed World Cup of the year. Moscow, commonly referred to as the Home of Speed Climbing, hosted some of the earliest speed competitions in IFSC history. Almost 200 athletes from around the world, including 10 from the U.S., showed up to climb the 15-meter (50-foot) speed wall.

Luliia Kaplina, from Russia, and Anouck Jaubert, from France, currently share the women’s world record time of 7.32 seconds. Kaplina initially set the record in 2017 in Wrocław, Poland, and Jaubert ran the same time a year later in Moscow. While no new records were set today, Song’s time was just .06 seconds slower. Song is 18 years old and, prior to today, her best finish was seventh at the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria.

Reza Alipourshenazandifar (IRI), is the current men’s record holder, with a time of 5.48. Alipourshenazandifar didn’t quite make the cut for the ½ final and ended up seventh for the day. Moving on was Long Cao, from China; Aspar Jaelolo, from Indonesia; Vladislav Deulin, from Russia; and Mawem. Despite the added pressure from the upcoming Olympic Qualifiers, Mawem proved himself ready to defend his 2018 World Cup Overall first place ranking.

Bassa after his second World Cup win.

None of the U.S. athletes made it past qualifiers, but they will move forward tomorrow in the second Bouldering World Cup of 2019. Keep an eye on last weekend’s winners, Janja Garnbret and Adam Ondra, to see if they take the top spots on the podium again. Watch the Semi-finals and Finals live on Sunday on IFSC.

Watch the full replay of Finals here! Complete results can be found on IFSC.

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