WIRED breaks down why climbing 15 metres in under 5 seconds is virtually impossible

In 2020, rock climbing will be an official Olympic sport with athletes competing in three main events – lead, bouldering and speed climbing – the last of which is the focus of this short documentary from WIRED.

Speed climbing has advanced a lot in a short amount of time, with athletes continually beating previous records for the past few decades, but now it seems like a wall has been hit – no one seems able to climb the standardised 15-metre route in under 5 seconds. To find out why the current world record of 5.48 seconds is so hard to improve on, senior writer Robbie Gonzales met up with junior champion Jordan Fishman and professional climber Alex Honnold.

Watch the video above.

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