15 meters in 5 seconds?Real-life Spider-Man aiming for Hangzhou
Would you believe it if you climbed to the 7th floor of the apartment in 5 seconds.
It’s the most popular speed climbing story among sports climbing.
Reporter Park Soo-joo visited the training site of our national team, which will compete in the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games.
Climbs the wall in an instant with the sound of a start.
It’s almost like Spider-Man, it’s like defying gravity.
It’s a ‘speed’ event in sports climbing.
If you start from the ground and take a touchpad on the top of a 15-meter-high rock wall, the record will be displayed.
The game is decided by 0.001 seconds.
As intense as it is, injuries have become destiny.
There is no place in the body from fingers to shins, and it has become familiar to get hurt during training.
<Shin Eun-chul/ National Team Candidate for Speed Climbing> “The friction surface of the wall is very rough, but if you go up fast, you don’t know where you’re hitting it and you just go up.” So I tend to get knee injuries very often.”
The athletes are trying to win medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games by encouraging each other.
<Jung Ji-min/ National Team for Speed Climbing> “Everyone is so close and energetic, and I think it’s a good atmosphere.” I want to do my best and perform well. I want to win first place.”
Four out of six gold medals in climbing events depend on speed, and the Olympics will also separate speed into detailed events starting next year.
<Lee Yong-soo/ National Team for Speed Climbing> “It looks a little simple at first glance. I think simple is the biggest charm… I think the most important thing is muscle strength, agility, and body balance that can be pushed and pulled explosively.”
The goal is to record 5 seconds for men and 6.5 seconds for women.
The strongest rivals are Indonesia and China, and the recent Indonesian male athlete set a new world record of 4.98 seconds.
Still, the players are full of confidence.
<Lee Seung-beom/ National Team for Speed Climbing> “I think I can win a medal. The record (now) is a little behind, but I think it’s a strong performance, so I think it’s a possibility.”