We are proud to announce, that Five Ten® Team athlete Edyta Ropek has won European Championships in speed climbing, which were held on the 15th of September in Austrian City Imst. This is a really magnificent victory, because Edyta was defending that title, which she had won two years ago in Paris, France. So once again Edyta proved, that she is the fastest speed climber in Europe!
Edyta Ropek wins European Championship in Imst
Competition was held on 15 meter IFSC Speed Record Wall, built especially for that competition. This time, holds were smaller than usual on a IFSC standard route but this didn't stop Edyta from setting a new Polish record in nearly 10 seconds!
From the beginning of the competition Edyta showed great form. After the qualifying round she was in first, so that position gave her a lot of space in the final round. In the first final hit, she betted Ukrainian athlete Anastazia Savisko. In the next hit she met with Russian Dinara Fakhritdinova and won the run with 10,82 seconds to 11,91 seconds. Next run was with very good Russian athlete Natalia Titowa, and it was a very fast hit, which Edyta won with 10,51 seconds - Natalia didn’t switched off timing system. Emotions reached its zenith, Edyta is in the big final! Will she defend her title from 2008?
In the amazing final round of this competition, Edyta Ropek was competing with Russian girl Ksenia Aleksseva. It is worth noting that during the World Cuprs this year Edyta newer betted Ksenia in direct duels. It was the biggest surprise of that competition, in the fastest hit of 2010 European Championships, Polish athlete defeated Russian, with 10,05 s. to 10,35 s., and setting new Polish record on 15 meter IFSC distance. Crowds of spectators went wild!
Once again Edyta Ropek showed her strength and power, as she is really the best in speed climbing! After awarding ceremony she said: “I’m really happy, that once again, it was given to me, to win European Championships. I would like to say big thanks to my coaches Sebastian Dembicki and Arkadiusz Kaminski, and also to my sponsors and partners, that they support and believe in me. This is our success”.
Ksenia Aleksseva was second, in third place was Natalia Titowa. In the men's competition Sergiey Abdrakhmanov won first, second was Stanislav Kokorin - both from Russia, and on the third place was Libor Hroza from Czech Republic.