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Chan advances to men's freestyle final on Day 1 of Sofia Parkour World Cup
posted on 09/09/2022

SOFIA, Bulgaria (September 9, 2022) - On the first day of competition at the 2022 FIG Parkour World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria, Calen Chan (Lehi, Utah/YGT Freerunning Team) qualified to the men's freestyle final in the fourth position.

Freestyle parkour is scored based on 30-70 second runs that showcase a series of skills completed on the provided course. An athlete's final total combines their awarded difficulty and execution scores.

Chan earned a 23.0 during the opening round, finishing just half a point behind second-place Yurai Miyazaki of Japan. Sweden's Elis Torhall topped the scoresheet with a 24.5. American George Munro (Mexico City, Mexico) was 26th with a 16.5.

The men's freestyle champion will be decided Saturday at 9:15 a.m. ET. Out of nine finalists, Chan is slated to compete sixth.

Women's speed qualifications were also held Friday at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. Speed parkour is a timed event in which athletes attempt to navigate the provided course from beginning to end in the fastest time.

Mikaila Quinn (Fruita, Colo.) posted the top U.S. showing, claiming 14th with a time of 51.01 seconds. Reagan (Anderson) Chan (Lehi, Utah/YGT Freerunning Team) completed the course in 58.49 seconds to land 16th. Sweden's Miranda Tibbling captured the day's quickest time at just over 35 seconds.

The full U.S. quartet will be back in action Saturday. Women's freestyle qualifications kick off a packed competition slate, beginning at 4:30 a.m. ET. Men's speed qualifications will follow at 6 a.m. ET.