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These speed climbers could have dominated Gladiators back in the day

Three, two…. oh, they’re at the top.

CLIMBING IS GREAT fun. But anyone who has tried climbing walls beyond primary school-going age will tell you that it’s a very taxing exercise to take part in, never mind excel at.

The Wolfman always made indoor wall-climbs look fairly easy when Gladiators was on TV, but he has nothing on Danyil Boldyrev of Ukraine.

Boldyrev is the top-ranked men’s speed climber in the world according to the International Federation of Sport Climbing. In September he set a world record, scaling a 15-metre wall in just 5.60 seconds.

That’s pretty damn fast.

Source: Jan Kříž/YouTube

Boldyrev is traveling at six miles per hour, or the equivalent of a 10-minute mile. He clambered up the 4.5-story wall in the same amount of time it takes Usain Bolt to run about 60 metres.

No wonder the commentators refer to Boldyrev as “the Usain Bolt of speed climbing.”

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