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These speed climbers could have dominated Gladiators back in the day

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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.

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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.

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

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