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Chan fifth in men's freestyle at first Parkour World Championships
posted on 10/15/2022

TOKYO (October 15, 2022) - After advancing in the sixth position during men's freestyle qualifications, Calen Chan (Lehi, Utah/YGT Freerunning) climbed into the top five during Saturday's final at the inaugural FIG Parkour World Championships. All participating U.S. athletes finished in the top 13, marking a successful start for the American delegation after inclement weather delayed the start of competition.

Chan, who was fourth in men's freestyle at last month's Sofia World Cup, was the model of consistency, posting scores of 23.5 across both rounds of competition. He twice leaned on his execution score of 13.0 to claim the edge in a three-way tie for position.

In their first appearances with Team USA, Shea Rudolph (Boston, Mass.) and Jarrod Luty (Houston, Texas/Inttrepid Parkour) notched matching 22.0s, finishing 12th and 13th, respectively, in a field of 48 athletes. Rudolph was the third reserve for the freestyle final but was ultimately not called into action.

Dimitrios Kyrsanidis of Greece secured the gold medal with a 26.0. China's Gaozheng Teng (25.5) and Italy's Davide Rizzi (24.5) rounded out the podium.

Luty faces a quick turnaround for men's speed qualifications. He and Matt Hadley (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will hit the course later today, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. Reagan (Anderson) Chan (Lehi, Utah/YGT Freerunning), who delivered a top-five showing at The World Games in July, is set to take on women's freestyle qualifications at 9 p.m. ET. Champions in both divisions will be decided Sunday from among six speed finalists and eight freestyle finalists.

Parkour is the competitive practice of traversing a provided course. Freestyle parkour rates athletes based on their creativity and skill as they navigate the course, while speed parkour is time-based.