The Canadian National Championships semi-finals and IFSC Speed World Cup took place today at The Boulders in Saanich, B.C.
Canadian National Championships Semi-Finals
For the women’s open, American’s Delaney Miller and Melina Constanza (first in Youth A) kept their top two spots. The top three Canadians going into finals are Quebec climber Annie Chouinard, B.C. climber Hannah Block (first in Juniors) and Ontario climber Beth Vince.
For the mend’s open, Sean McColl maintained his first place lead and B.C. climber Elan Jonas-McRae followed closely in second. American extraordinaire Kai Lightner (first in Youth A) placed third and Jason Holowach was the third place Canadian and fourth overall in semis.
The very talented photographer, Shane Murdoch, was busy the last two days shooting the event and will be there again for finals. Here are a few of his great shots from semi-finals:[shareprints gallery_id=”13080″ gallery_type=”thumb_slider” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_100″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]IFSC Speed World Cup
The first IFSC speed world cup took place on the afternoon of Sun. May 17. In an adrenaline-filled full throttled few seconds, climbers try to “run” up the wall as fast as they can. On a pre-determined route that’s used in all international competitions, the fastest time wins.
For the men, Canadians Sean McColl finished in seventh, Tristen Gosselin finished in 11th, Francis Bilodeau finished in 12th and hometown favourite Robert Stewart-Patterson finished in 15th.
The winner of the men’s competition was Qixin Zhong of China, followed by Marcin Dzienski of Poland and Bassa Mawem of France.
For the women, Alison Stewart-Patterson placed the highest for Canadians in 13th. Other top Canadians included Elena Moss in 15th, Maggy Dube-Laroch in 16th and Evelyna Trottier in 17th.
The top three spots went to the Russians: Iuliia Kaplina in first, Mariia Krasavina in second and Anna Tsyganova in third. The first place finisher, Kaplina, set a new women’s world record for her fast climb 7.74 seconds.