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U.S. parkour athletes face year's biggest test at inaugural FIG Parkour World Championships
posted on 10/11/2022

TOKYO (October 11, 2022) - A five-person team will represent the U.S. at the inaugural FIG Parkour World Championships October 14-16 at the former site of Tokyo's Ariake Urban Sports Park, which hosted Olympic BMX and skateboarding competitions last year.

The World Games veteran Reagan (Anderson) Chan (Lehi, Utah/YGT Freerunning) will take on the women's field, while Calen Chan (Lehi, Utah/YGT Freerunning), who captured fourth in men's freestyle at last month's Sofia World Cup, leads a young and hungry men's side that includes Matt Hadley (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jarrod Luty (Houston, Texas/Inttrepid Parkour) and Shea Rudolph (Boston, Mass.). Luke Mizel (San Diego, Calif.) is the alternate for the U.S. men.

The American contingent will face top-tier competition from 35 countries, as parkour athletes come together for the first time at an International Gymnastics Federation World Championships. While Hadley, Luty and Rudolph are slated to make their Team USA debuts, each possesses more than 10 years of experience in the sport with competitive appearances at the national level. Both Chans have secured top-five showings on the international circuit already in 2022.

Parkour is the competitive practice of traversing a provided course from one point to another. Freestyle parkour rewards creativity and skill as competitors navigate the course, while speed parkour is time-based.

On the women's side, Chan, coming off a fifth-place finish at The World Games this summer, will focus on freestyle. For the men, Hadley and Luty are set to compete in the speed division, while Luty - who is pulling double duty - Chan and Rudolph will vie for the freestyle title.

Women's speed qualifications will lead off three days of competition Thursday at 11:15 p.m. ET with Men's freestyle qualifications set to follow in two groups, beginning at 11:45 p.m. ET. Day 2 will open with women's freestyle qualifications at 9:30 p.m. ET and men's speed qualifications at 11 p.m. ET. Women's speed semifinals will take place Saturday at 1:40 a.m. ET. Men's freestyle and women's speed champions will be determined later in the day, starting at 2 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. ET, respectively. Men's speed semifinals are scheduled for Sunday at 1:10 a.m. ET. The women's freestyle final is set for 1:30 a.m. ET, and the men's speed final will close out competition Sunday at 2:15 a.m. ET.

The eight highest-scoring freestyle athletes in each division during qualifications will move on to the final medal round. In the speed competition, the top-10 athletes during the opening round of qualifications will move on to the semifinals where the winners of five head-to-head 'knockout' heats and the athlete with the next-best time will make up the six men's and six women's finalists.

Visit parkour.sport to learn more and access results throughout the weekend. Live results may also be accessed here.