In setting the two fastest times on Saas Fee’s speed wall (8.87, 8.95), Vladimir Kartashev (main picture) was the indisputable winner of the men’s UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup speed competition in Saas Fee. Fellow Russian athletes Leonid Malykh (9.81) and Pavel Batushev (9.87) took silver and bronze. Kartashev extends his lead at the top of the World Cup standings ahead of next weekend’s World Cup showdown in Rabenstein, Italy.

Replay of Friday’s Speed finals livestreaming.

The women’s competition was a much closer affair. Climbing in 17.41 on her first attempt Ekaterina Koshcheeva set the standard. It was time which was only truly threatened when competition leader and defending World Cup champion Maria Tolokonina climbed 17.85 on virtually the last attempt of the evening. Close, not close enough. A time of 19.24 allowed Nadezhda Gallyamova to claim bronze. Koshcheeva now leads the season’ standings.

Korea’s HeeYong Park will be among the favourites for the men’s lead competition. Image: Christian Tscherrig

The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing season is partnered by The North Face Korea. Action continues today, Saturday 21 January, with the lead finals. Livestreaming will be available on the UIAA YouTube and Facebook channels.

For live results click here.

A full review of the weekend will be posted on Sunday 22 January.