5.10 seconds. This afternoon, Indonesian Kiromal Katibin broke his own world speed record for the second time. He set the fastest pace on the 15-meter speed wall for the third time in the past 12 months. Where others struggle to gain hundredths of a second off their time, Katibin manages to cut nearly a tenth of a second between world records.
As Katibin entered the history books for the third time this year, Poland’s Aleksandra Miroslaw once again set the women’s world record, with a dazzling 6.53. Not only did this race set a new record, it also put her first by more than half a second of a World Cup event.
The two-run sprint event went quickly with Indonesia dominating the men’s category. Like last weekend, only two of the fastest riders in the country took part in qualifying. However, everyone is standing up to leave this weekend with a medal. Katibin’s steady progress was evident in Seoul, Korea a month ago, where he set the world record at 5.17 seconds. Last weekend, American John Brosler came close to that record with his competitive personal best of 5.20.
It looked like someone could catch the Indonesian Speeder, but even Brosler’s national record falls to a tenth of a second behind Katibin’s new world record. Although Brosler ran fast today, his time of 5.57 seconds came third to Veddriq Leonardo’s 5.28 seconds.
Brosler showed consistency by placing high in qualifying sprint races for back-to-back finals in the Sprint World Cup events last week and today. If he can maintain consistency, he can medal or even win assuming he knocks out the reigning Indonesian leaders. Their coherence remains difficult to upset.
Although the major event in the men’s field surrounded the setting of the new world record, Team Canada’s Ethan Pitcher set a new Canadian national record, winning the finals with a pace of 5.83 seconds. The peloton generally seems faster this week, as Pitcher qualified 15th from 14th last week, despite running 0.23 seconds faster than last week.
Pitcher has shown consistency in winning back-to-back Sprint World Cup finals and will be looking to improve on his 14th overall finish from last week’s event. As the finals operate as a head-to-head competition. Pitcher could go far by staying on the wall and maintaining his pace.
On the women’s side, Poland continues to dominate with five women in the final. Aleksandra Miroslaw and Aleksandra Kalucka qualified first and second respectively, once again showing Miroslaw’s ability over the rest of the field. Not only did Miroslaw lead by more than half a second, but Miroslaw restored the women’s world record in the same run. Katibin set the men’s world record.
While Poland’s dominance is noteworthy, Miroslaw’s incredible distance from the rest of the field is reluctant to Garnbret’s performance over the women’s category at Boulder. Also, consistency at the top of the women’s pack is important. Although times differ, the order of last week’s World Cup remains with Emma Hunt holding third position heading into the final.
Hunt trails Kalucka by just 0.01 seconds and clocked a significantly faster second time of 7.17 to Kalucka’s 7.44 seconds. Regardless of how Hunt’s final goes, his incredible run once again set the US national record.
This four-record qualifying round, for both men and women, seems to deepen a point published in last week’s article: records are broken in the qualifying rounds. With the security of a second chance, the climbers give everything to achieve the best possible time during the qualifications. While the head-to-head format in the finals punishes falls, the qualifiers offer the greatest opportunity for new records. That said, Katibin ran a 5.088 second race during practice this afternoon. He might be able to be consistent enough to set another record in tonight’s finale at 10:00 PM EST.
Access to the finals
1 – Kiromal Katibin (INA); 5.10
2 – Veddriq Leonard (INA); 5.28
3 – John Brosler (USA); 5.57
4 – Euncheol Shin (KOR); 5.58
5 – Erik Noya Cardona (ESP); 5.67
6 – Ludovico Fossali (ITA); 5.68
7 – Yongjun Jung (KOR); 5.71
8 – Marcin Dzienski (POL); 5.732
9 – Seungbeom Lee (KOR); 5.737
10 – Samuel Watson (USA); 5.739
11 – Guillaume Moro (FRA); 5.74
12 – Amir Maimuratov (KAZ); 5.76
13 – Tobias Plangger (AUT); 5.826
14 – Pierre Rebreyend (FRA); 5.827
15 – Ethan Pitcher (CAN); 5.83
16 – Sebastien Lucke (GER); 5.87
1 – Aleksandra Miroslaw (POL); 6.53
2 – Aleksandra Kalucka (POL); 7.04
3 – Emma Hunt (USA); 7.05
4 – Natalia Kalucka (POL); 7.16
5 – Giulia Randi (ITA); 7.58
6 – Beatrice Colli (ITA); 7.60
7 – Patrycja Chudziak (POL); 7.66
8 – Karin Hayashi (JPN); 7.70
9 – Capucine Viglione (FRA); 7.78
10 – Franziska Rittere (GER); 7.86
11 – Andrea Rojas (ECU); 7.93
12 – Nuria Brockfeld (GER); 8.10
13 – Piper Kelly (USA); 8.41
14 – Callie Close (USA); 8.44
15 – Anna Brozek (POL); 8.52
16 – Tetiana Kolkotina (UKR); 8.56
Featured image of Kiromal Katibin by Daniel Gajda.