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Climbers from Japan, Thailand and Malaysia showed their mettle at the SMU Gravical, a three-day competition organised by the SMU Climb Team. (Photo by VoxSports)

They defied gravity and manoeuvred their body along the grid in ways that not only required fitness and strength, but also mental strength as they mapped out the easiest and fastest way to get to the top.

In its eight year, the students from Singapore Management University (SMU) Climb Team successfully held the three days competition at VivoCity. The event attracted competitors from around the region including climbers from Japan, Thailand and Malaysia.

While all eyes were on the Elite Open Men’s and Women’s category, the organiser have opened up categories for participants of other level, including the Intermediate, Novice and the Under-17 categories.

The Elite finals, held on the last day of the competition on 12 January, saw the event venue packed with rock climbing enthusiast and friends and family present to cheer on the participants.

Although not all competitors manage to manoeuvre their through each round and reach the top, they gave their best and not a single one of them call it quits before the allocated three minutes for each round.

After a few hours and going through three rounds on the wall, Gavin Yong emerged as the Elite Open Men’s category, while Muhd Hazlee and Hafzanizam Bakhori had to be contented with second and third place respectively.

“I wasn’t expecting to even make it for the finals due to my poor performance in the qualifications, topping only one route. But the route in the finals suited me well as it was generally dynamic and not finger intensive,” said Gavin after collecting his winners medal.

“This is my first ever first placing in any open competition and it opened my eyes to a future that seemed brighter and am definitely looking forward to what is ahead in time to come,” he added.

An equally exciting Women’s Open saw Judith Sim edging Felicia Lim for the top spot while Nadya Putri Virgita collected the third placing medal.

The Boys U17 event saw Abdul Rahman from Madrasah Aljunied clinching top honour, with Teo Sing Hao (Springfield Secondary School) and Chong Yin Liang (Hui Yi Secondary School) coming in second and third respectively.

Springfield Secondary bagged two more winner medals in the Girls U17 event as Nur Raudah and Nur Erika came in first and second in the category, while Lauriane Cossette from United World College Southeast Asia ended the competition in third place.

The full results can be found on SMU Gravical website.
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