In the last month there has been a spree of world cup competitions including two speed competitions in which our very own Oceana Mackenzie, Grace Crowley and Campbell Harrison competed in.
First stop was Villars, Switzerland held from 4-6 July, 2019 followed by Chamonix, France a week later from 11-13 July, 2019.
Crowley and Harrison have continued to improve getting faster with each competition with Harrison setting a new personal best on the international speed route.
Mackenzie has continued to impress on the international stage beating her own record and setting the new Australian female speed record of 9.532seconds. The male record was also reset by NSW climber Ben Abel who ran a time of 8.567seconds narrowly beating Victorian Ned Middlehurst who previously held the record.
We will continue to see speed records being smashed as Australian climbers prepare for the Olympic Games scheduled for Tokyo 2020. Climbing hopefuls will need to compete in all three disciplines (boulder, speed, lead) in the games which has lead to an increase of competitors competing in speed.
Good luck to all those with the Olympic dream!
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