Twenty freerunners from eight different nations transformed Sao Paulo’s university campus into a breathtaking freerunning course last night. Ryan Doyle (UK) was the victor at the Red Bull Art of Motion event, held right in the heart of the Brazilian metropolis. Competitors combined creativity, rhythm and style while moving through a challenging course...
On a thrilling night in South America’s largest city, the world's top freerunning stars were joined by a selection of Brazil’s best to compete on a challenging course that included jumps of up to 4m down, as well as sprints straight up walls. They also crossed massive gaps with backflips and other daredevil tricks.
The urban playground – a ruin next to the Paco das Artes building, which has been embellished by Brazilian graffiti artists over the years – duly impressed athletes such as German freerunner Jason Paul. 'This city offers us unlimited possibilities,' he said. 'You could spend your entire life here working through every quarter with the great variety of flow and style.'
Ryan Doyle, the competition's victor, was over the moon with his win on a fantastic night illuminated by a full moon. 'You’ve got to budget your energy carefully. After the run your body is exhausted. The most dangerous part of our sport is over-estimating yourself. Every step and every movement has to be spot on.'
Freerunning is the number one sport on YouTube with more than 20 million uploads each year. It was first organized as an event in 2007 and Red Bull Art of Motion has developed it into freerunning’s state-of-the-art competition. Earlier in the year, Tim Shieff (UK) won the competition in London; and at the end of July in Yokahama, Jason Paul came out on top in front of Japan’s tallest building.
Results from Sao Paulo:
1. Ryan Doyle (UK)
2. Jason Paul (GER)
3. Tim Shieff (UK)
4. Sergio Cora (ESP)
5. Cato Alexander Aspmo (SWE)
6. Renato Queiroz (BRA)
7. Luci Romberg (USA)
8. Daniel Mast (USA)