Eighteen-year-old Seo Chae-hyun led the Korean contingent at the 2022 IFSC Climbing Asian Championship with two gold and a bronze medal, single-handedly accounting for almost half of Korea’s seven podium finishes.
Seo took gold within the ladies’s lead and boulder and lead, including a bronze within the ladies’s boulder. Lee Seung-beom bought Korea’s solely different gold within the males’s pace, whereas Oh Ga-young received Korea’s sole silver and Kim Ja-in and Lee Do-hyun added a bronze every.
Sport climbing has three disciplines: Speed, bouldering and lead.
In pace, athletes compete to climb an similar 15-meter (50-foot) wall set at an angle of 95 levels quicker than their opponents.
In bouldering, athletes climb totally different routes with out ropes inside 4 minutes. The routes differ in issue and athletes don’t get to see them upfront.
In lead, athletes try and climb as excessive as they’ll on a 15-meter wall inside 6 minutes.
The 2022 IFSC Climbing Asian Championship ran from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16 at Jamwon Hangang river park in Seocho, southern Seoul.
Seo, the 2021 lead world champion, focuses on lead and likewise competes in bouldering occasions, however doesn’t sometimes do pace. That held her again at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the place athletes have been required to do all three disciplines for one medal.
But on the skilled climbing circuit, the three occasions are divided and Seo has shortly risen to the highest of the pack in lead, the place she took first place at the World Cup at simply 16 years outdated in 2019.
She additionally entered the 2022 Asian Championship because the reigning champion in each lead and bouldering, having taken gold in each occasions at the 2019 event.
Seo led a Korean podium sweep in lead, with Oh and Kim taking silver and bronze respectively within the occasion. Seo reached 45 holds on the wall, with Oh and Kim each ending at plus 35.
Kim’s return to the rostrum is very thrilling for Korean climbing followers. The 34-year-old is Korea’s most profitable climber ever, with 30 World Cup gold medals to her identify, two world championships and 14 Asian Championship titles.
Seo did not defend her title in boulder, falling behind Futaba Ito of Japan and Luo Zhilu of China to take bronze. Korea’s Sa Sol additionally reached the boulder last, ending in sixth place.
Seo returned to the highest in boulder and lead, an occasion that mixes each disciplines, narrowly beating out Tanii Natsuki of Japan to take the gold. Oh was the one different Korean to achieve the ultimate, ending in eighth place.
Korea did not medal in ladies’s pace, with Jang Ji-min ending sixth and Cha You-jin seventh.
In the boys’s occasions, Lee Seung-beom took the only real gold within the males’s pace, beating Leonardo Veddriq of Indonesia by 13 seconds. The win marked Lee’s first gold medal at a serious worldwide event.
Korea did not medal within the males’s lead, with the highest 5 medals all going to Japanese climbers. Chon Jong-won was the one Korean to make it into the ultimate, ending in sixth place.
Lee Do-hyun took Korea’s last medal of the event within the males’s boulder and lead, ending in third place after Tomoa Narasaki and Fujii Kokoro, each of Japan.
Climbers might be again in motion this weekend for the ultimate World Cup occasion of the season in Morioka, Japan, the place solely the boys’s and girls’s boulder and lead occasion might be contested.
BY JIM BULLEY [[email protected]]