IFSC Climbing World Championships: Kumar Gaurav fails to make speed event finals

Kumar Gaurav couldn’t finish in the top 16 at the Moscow Worlds qualifiers while his fellow Indian climber Hrithik Marne didn’t compete.

By Naveen Peter
Picture by Cameron Spencer/ Getty Images

Indian climber Kumar Gaurav finished a lowly 46th in the qualification round of the men’s speed event at the IFSC Climbing World Championships 2021 in Moscow on Thursday.

At the Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace, the 26-year-old Kumar Gaurav posted a time of 12.531 seconds in his first race on Lane ‘A’ and later improved his position by managing 9.979 seconds on Lane ‘B’.

The timing, however, was not enough to push him into the top 16 that made the finals. The finals will follow a knock-out system beginning with the round of 16 races.

Speed climbing at International Federation for Sport Climbing (IFSC) approved events involves scaling 15-metre tall artificial surfaces as fast as possible.

Meanwhile, Hritik Marne, who was set to be the other Indian in the mix, did not feature in the competition.

The men’s speed event saw former world champion Marcin Dzienski of Poland topping the charts in qualification with a best of 5.714 seconds.

Dmitrii Timofeev representing the Climbing Federation of Russia (CFR) came in second with a best climb of 5.726 seconds.

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