Iuliia Kaplina achieved a world record en route to women's speed victory ©IFSC

Iuliia Kaplina produced a world record time on route to claiming women’s speed victory at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup in Chongqing.

The Russian climber was in fine from throughout the competition at the Huayan Climbing Park, posting the fastest times in both the quarter and semi-finals.

Kaplina’s semi-final time of 7.46sec was enough to set a world record for the event but he still faced a battle to claim gold against compatriot Mariia Krasavina.

Kaplina, though, recorded a time of 7.54 to claim victory in the final, 0.33 seconds ahead of Krasavina.

Anna Tsyganova fell in the small final, ending hopes of a an all-Russia podum, allowing Ukraine’s Alla Marenych taking the bronze medal as a result.

Russia also took the top two spots in the men’s event, Vladislav Deulin winning the gold medal race in 5.91.

His team-mate Stanislav Kokorin was five seconds adrift and Ukraine’s Danyil Boldyrev beat France’s Bassa Mawem in the bronze medal race.

The IFSC World Cup event at Chongqing is the first of two to be held in China this month ©IFSC
The IFSC World Cup event at Chongqing is the first of two to be held in China this month ©IFSC

The men’s bouldering title was earned by Jongwon Chon, with the South Korean athlete holding off a strong Japanese challenge in the Southwest Chinese city later today.

He ended clear of Japan’s Tomoa Narasaki and Russia’s Aleksei Rubtsov, who had topped yesterday’s qualification standings.

Japan’s Keita Watabe and Kai Harada missed out on the podium positions, with the pair ending fourth and fifth respectively.

Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret emerged as the winner of the women’s bouldering competition, having backed up her qualifying performance yesterday.

Garnbret led the standings again in the semi-final to advance to a six woman final, which contained Britain’s Shauna Coxsey.

The Slovenian would fight off the challenge of Coxsey, the defending World Cup champion, to claim victory.

Japan’s Akiyo Noguchi completed the podium positions.

It is the second leg of this season’s competition after Meiringen in Switzerland hosted the opener earlier this month.

More than 150 athletes are participating in Chongqing before Nanjing is due to host the next stage of the World Cup next Saturday and Sunday (April 29 and 30).