Chinese athletes beat world record in domestic climbing event
Li Xiang

Chinese climber Niu Di defeated Deng Lijuan in the final of the women's speed climbing at the China Rock Climbing League Tibet Nyingchi Stop on Saturday. Deng finished the climb in 6.987 seconds, but Niu was even faster to reach the summit in 6.819 seconds. Both beat the world record (7.088 seconds) for women's speed climbing set by Aries Susanti Rahayu from Indonesia. However, since there were no officials from the International Federation of Sport Climbing to monitor the event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the performance of Niu will not be recognized as a new world record.