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Polish Speed climber Natalia Kalucka was very emotional after winning gold in the women’s final: “Life has taught me that if you value what you have, you’ll receive even more. I’m the example of this. There is a lot of positive emotions in me, I am proud of myself and very grateful for today. This was the victory I needed to gain self-confidence. I focus on what’s here and now, on every single training to be able to win during Climbing World Championships in Switzerland”.

In the race for gold, Kalucka prevailed over her teammate Aleksandra Miroslaw, who said: “I think Speed Climbing has grown a lot lately, and Poland is now more than ready to host these types of events, and more. It would be great to see our country host the World Championships in the future”.

Also on the podium was bronze medallist Beatrice Colli: “First, I would like to thank everyone for putting together such an amazing event. It’s my first experience at a multi-sport event, and so far it’s been an amazing experience. Organisation is perfect and everyone is willing to help. I’m very happy about this medal, but I also know that I can do better than this. I have been struggling a lot today, as I’m currently under antibiotics for a caries. I will keep training for a spot at Paris 2024, that would be a dream.”