Amazing Vertical Sprint Sets Women’s Speed Climbing Record

These women basically run up an overhanging wall! Watch as Russian speed climber Iuliia Kaplina beats Mariia Krasavina to set a world record in the sport of speed climbing, going the length of a 15-meter climbing wall in 7.85 seconds (current men’s record is 5.88 seconds).

The video starts off with some commentary, so to get to the racing jump ahead to :45.

Speed climbing routes are standardized, allowing athletes to practice on a familiar path or “track” on the 5-degree overhanging wall. Competitive speed climbing is still a young sport governed by the International Federation of Sport Climbing. It made a failed bid at the 2020 Olympic Games. —Yoon Kim

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Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.