Speed climber takes 12.12 seconds to win lift race

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

2016 world champion Dzieński scales 23 metres in Warsaw ahead of Tokyo 2020.

2016 world speed climbing champion Marcin Dzieński elevated his sport to another level after he took 12.12 seconds to beat a lift up 23 metres at Warsaw’s Olympic Center.

Here is all you need to know:

– The Polish speed climber has enjoyed a stellar career with gold, silver and bronze medals at senior European level as well as the 2016 senior world title in Paris.

– With climbing making its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Dzieński was keen to showcase how exhilarating his discipline can be with the rapid stunt on home soil.

– The Tarnów native was presented with a specially constructed 23-metre wall by the side of the lift – the height of six stories – in order to race it at night.

– After some thrilling practice runs, the 26-year-old rapidly scaled the tricky course made of holds mounted on a transparent plexiglass wall to win in 12.2 seconds.

– It proved a different challenge to competition courses where he takes 6-7 seconds to ascend up 15 metres in a sport guaranteed to provide thrills in Japan next year.

– Dzieński revealed: “The idea to do it came up about a year ago during a conversation with a friend. I have imagined it countless times, so I am glad I finally got to execute it in a place as special as the Olympic Center in Warsaw. It was a battle against myself to keep going until the end, although right before the finish line I was so exhausted that I couldn’t feel my arms anymore. I had an extra eight meters to cover, which is about 50 per cent more than the standard (competition) distance.”

– Before Dzieński travels to Tokyo, he must defend his title against a high quality field at the 2019 European Championships in Edinburgh from October 4-6.

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