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Bronze for Ice Climber Safdarian in Switzerland

Safdarian was the only Iranian among the 9-member squad sent who won a medal at the Ice Climbing World Tour
 Mohammad-Reza Safdarian (R) Mohammad-Reza Safdarian (R)

Ice climber Mohammad-Reza Safdarian finished third at the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Ice Climbing World Tour in Saas-Fee, a resort village in the Swiss Alps, January 18-20.

Safdarian entered the ‘lead’ category finals and finished third after Russian climbers. Alexey Dengin and Maxim Tomilov took the first and second places respectively.

According to Theuiaa.org, in the ‘speed’ category, Safdarian was not fortunate enough and finished fifth after four Russian climbers.

Mohsen Beheshtirad and Mehdi Taqikhani stood ninth and 16th places in the speed category.

A total of 76 ice climbers from 19 countries participated in the event. Shabnam Asadi, Zeinab Mousavi, Mojtaba Saqafi, Saeed Mahmoudi, Masoud Zeinali, Mohammad-Reza Safdarian, Mohsen Beheshti, Mehdi Pahnavar and Mehdi Taghikhani were in the Iran team.

The climbers will take part in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Italy, January 25-27.

At the Youth Championships earlier this month, young Iranian ice climber Seyyed Emad Hosseini took silver in the U22 lead category in Malbun, Liechtenstein, January 5-7. Mehdi Taqikhani finished fourth in the same category.

Lead climbing involves a lead climber attaching themselves to a length of dynamic (elastic) climbing rope and ascending a route while periodically attaching protection (quickdraws or traditional protection) to the face of the route and clipping into it.

Speed climbing is climbing in which speed is the ultimate goal. It is done on rocks, walls and poles.

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