China’s speed climbing world record holder, Song Yi Ling, has not had to wait long before returning to action after her winning performance at the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup in Chongqing last Friday.
She will headline the competition as the World Cup series moves to Wujiang, with competition due to start tomorrow.
Song set her world record time of 7.101sec in the quarter-finals in Chongqing before going on to record 7.11 in the semi-finals in beating France’s Anouck Jaubert, who had held the previous world record.
The Chinese athlete went on to beat Poland’s Aleksandra Rudzinska in the final.
Jaubert, who had almost matched her old world record in the semi-final with a time of 7.321, was eventually beaten to bronze by Luliia Kaplina.
The competition is likely to be as intense in Wujiang.
The women’s bouldering event will see Slovenia’s world champion Janja Garnbret, who won a third consecutive World Cup title in Chongqing, seeking to extend her run.
Her compatriot, last year’s men’s World Cup bouldering champion Jernej Kruder, will be aiming to regain the form that has eluded him in recent weeks.
Multiple world champion Adam Ondra of the Czech Republic, who missed Chingqing with sickness, is expected to return to action.
Meanwhile, Japan is pinning hopes on Yoshiyuki Ogata and Tomoa Narasaki, who won bronze and silver, respectively, at the last but one World Cup in Moscow.
The Wujiang World Cup runs from May 3-5.