‘Spider woman’ takes gold AND silver in speed climbing world cup

On the road to world cup glory, Lublin lass Aleksandra Rudzińska. /PAP/EPA

Speedy Aleksandra Rudzińska is bringing back two world cup medals and the Polish record in speed climbing from her recent stint in China.

The Lublin lass dubbed ‘spider woman’ because of her ability to shin up straight walls without falling off, took silver at a world cup event in Chongqing, China, on April 26th, before snapping up gold in Wujiang on May 3rd, winning the tournament, defeating Indonesia’s Aries Susanti Rahayu and improving her result to 7’28 s.

Speed climbing is an indoor discipline, during which the two competitors climb a vertical wall with the same set of holds. The fastest to the top of the 15-meter high wall wins.

Following her double win, delighted Rudzińska posted on Instagram: “Wooow! I finish my two-week trip around China with two medals and an improved record of Poland and maybe even Europe, since the world record belongs to China.”Aleksandra Rudzińska/Instagram

Following her double win, delighted Rudzińska posted on Instagram: “Wooow! I finish my two-week trip around China with two medals and an improved record of Poland and maybe even Europe, since the world record belongs to China. For sure both games were a valuable experience and motivation for me, because who knows what the future will bring.”

Her performance in Wujiang, only the third World Cup event this season bodes well for the rest of the year, especially for the World Championship in August. Yet after her first competition in China, Rudzińska wasn’t satisfied.

Aleksandra Rudzińska is the current speed climbing world champion, after defeating Polish climber Anna Brożek (R) last year in Innsbruck.PAP/EPA

On April 26th she wrote on Facebook: “Today's competition in Chongqing on one hand I will certainly count as successful, I won a medal and set the Polish record, but on the other hand, there is some hunger.

“In the final run, unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to face the well-disposed Chinese [Yi Ling Song]. It was me and my head that failed here. (…) I have to learn my lesson and push further.

“Next week is a chance for a rematch! I always say in such situations: sometimes you need to lose the battle to win the war.”

Rudzińska’s performance in Wujiang, only the third World Cup event this season bodes well for the rest of the year, especially for the World Championship in August.Bartłomiej Zborowski/PAP

Aleksandra Rudzińska is the current speed climbing world champion, after defeating another Polish climber Anna Brożek last year in Innsbruck.

Among the other Poles competing in Wujiang Patrycja Chudział was fifth, Aleksandra Kałucka eight and Anna Brożek fourteenth and Marcin Dzieński 13th in men’s category.