Rustam Gelmanov

Nothing comes close to climbing…

Rustam Gelmanov of Russia climbing during Red Bull Five Blocks at the Silvapark, in Galtur, Austria on August 8, 2015
© Armin Walcher/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Rustam Gelmanov. My discipline is climbing boulder. I was born on 6 December 1987 in Tekeli, Kazakhstan. My special talent is motorcycling and aeronautical engineering. My philosophy of life is win everything. My favourite music is techno.


Born in Kazakhstan in 1987, Rustam Gelmanov always had a keen interest in hiking. However, as he got older, he wanted to expand his horizons. Then, in 2003, he met a group of mountaineers who introduced him to climbing and, as soon as he tried it, he was hooked and is now ranked amongst the best boulder climbers in the world. Ever eager to learn and improve, he invents his own training methods to enhance both body and mind at the same time.

There’s good reason as to why Gelmanov is considered one of the best climbers on the planet – in 2009, he won the World Cup in Vienna, and took second place at the World Championships in China later that same year. In 2010, he was second on the podium in the Arco Rockmaster competition, and continued in similar fashion in 2011 when he claimed World Cup silver medals in both Barcelona and Munich. In 2012 he claimed gold at the World Cups in both Vienna and Slovenia and the titles have not stopped rolling in since.

With a passion for aeronautical engineering, the Russian athlete would be the first to admit he's a bit of a geek, but he also has a penchant for techno music and a hunger for speed on his motorbike. He is adamant, however, that nothing comes close to climbing!

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: IFSC Climbing World Cup – Boulder

      Kazo, Japan

  2. 2015
    1. 1st Place: ISFC Free Solo Masters MaHü

      Vienna, Austria

  3. 2014
    1. 4th Place Overall: IFSC Climbing World Cup – Boulder

  4. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Arco Rockmaster – Boulder

      Arco, Italy

    2. 4th Place Overall: IFSC Climbing World Cup – Boulder

  5. 2012
    1. IFSC Climbing World Cup Champion – Boulder

  6. 2010
    1. 2nd Place: Arco Rockmaster – Boulder

      Arco, Italy

  7. 2009
    1. 2nd Place Overall: IFSC Climbing World Cup – Boulder