Surabaya, East Java (ANTARA News) - Indonesia was overall champion at the international "Asian Youth Championship 2013" rock climbing competition at the Class 5 Recreational Climbing Center in Surabaya, East Java, ending on Saturday.

A total of 113 athletes from 11 countries took part in the championship, which awarded 12 gold medals, including six gold medals for speed and six gold medals for lead events.

Indonesia climbers won five gold medals, two silvers and two bronze medals to become the overall champion of the competition.

Japan was ranked second, collecting three gold medals, two silver and four bronze medals, while Kazakhstan was third with two gold medals, followed by South Korea and China, each winning one gold medal.

Five gold medals that Indonesia won were awarded in the mens and womens speed events, while in the lead event on the final day of the competition Indonesia won a silver medal.

The five gold medals were won by Wardani Nova Bina in the Womens Youth A category, Juskerina in the womens Youth B category, Haspriani Haslim from womens junior, Putu Ngakar Wisnuarta in mens Youth A and Sabri in the mens junior category.

The only silver medal from the lead event was won by East Java climber Nanda Dea Cahyaningtyas in the womens Youth B category, after she failed to reach the peak.

The gold medal from this category went to Japanese climber Aya Kikuzawa, who reached the highest point with the best time of two minutes, 35 seconds.

Besides the womens Youth B, the Japanese team also won a gold medal in the mens Youth A category, awarded to Yuzure Iida and Kaya Otaka in the mens Youth B.

The other three gold medals from the lead events were awarded to Kim Hanwool from South Korea, competing in the mens junior event, Yelena Grunyshina from Kazakhstan in the womens Youth A and Rong Jiang from China in the womens junior events.

Indonesias team manager, Kuntono Halim, admitted that his athletes were inferior, compared to those from other countries in the lead event, especially those from Japan, South Korea and Kazakhstan, who were known for their toughness.

"But we are grateful they could win in the speed events to allow the country to win an overall champion title," he said after the competition.

He said Indonesia has strong junior climbers to compete in the lead event, especially in the womens event, though they could not compete this year.

reporting by didik kusbiantoro

Editor: Jafar M Sidik
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