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Indonesian Aries takes gold, breaks women’s speed climbing world record

Dicky Christanto Wulandaru  The Jakarta Post   Sun, October 20, 2019

Indonesian sport climber Aries Susanti Rahayu pumps her fists in celebration after winning the gold medal and making a new world record in women’s speed climbing on Oct. 19 at the IFSC Climbing World Cup in Xianmen, China. Aries defeated Yi Ling Song of China, the world No. 1 and previous record holder, in the final. (The Jakarta Post/Courtesy of IFSC)

JAKARTA – Indonesian sport climber Aries Susanti Rahayu won the women’s speed category of the IFSC Climbing World Cup on Saturday in Xianmen, China, beating China’s Yi Ling Song in the final to also claim the new world record of 6.995 seconds.

Aries had a solid grip and faster start, leaving Yi behind as the final began.

“We are grateful for Aries’ achievement today, both the gold medal and for breaking the world record,” said Asep Rachmat, sport climbing national team manager, on Saturday.

Yayan continued that Aries was the first woman sport climber to clock in at less than 7 seconds.

World No. 1 Yi came in second with 9.302 seconds. Yi had claimed the world record of 7.101 seconds at the IFSC Climbing World Cup Chongqing in April.

Russian sport climber Maria Krasavina placed third with 7.947 seconds.

Aries commented that becoming the world record holder was far beyond her expectations, but that it was one of her dreams as a professional athlete.

“I am very grateful for these achievement and also for the endless supports,” she told The Jakarta Post.


From: THE JAKARTA POST (Indonesia) October 20, 2019


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