Category: Competitions

Dramatic Dynamic Finals at AIDA’s 2013 Pool World Champioships

June 28, 2013Ilaria Bonin

Belgrade, Serbia – AIDA World Championships finals continued today with Dynamic Apnea with Fins (DYN). In the men’s A Final, Goran Čolak of Croatia did another world record performance with a fantastic 281m swim, winning gold for the second day in a row. Silver went to the Ukraine, with Alexander Bubenchikov swimming 259m; Aleksandr Kostyshen took bronze for Russia with a 256m swim.

For the second day in a row, the women’s final had a dramatic finish,  with two world records broken in the same heat. Ilaria Bonin of Italy swam to 233m–breaking the current world record of 225m–and just a moment later Russian Natalia Molchanova surfaced cleanly on a spectacular 234m swim to take the gold. Silver went to Bonin, and bronze to Katarina Turchinovic of Croatia for a 212m swim.

Full results are up on AIDA’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aida.freediving/

Lena Jovanovic
AIDA PR/Media Officer

 

New World Records!!!

June 27, 2013 Natalia Molchanova

Belgrade, Serbia – DNF A and B finals were held at the 2013 AIDA Pool World Championships today.
Second heat of the female A final made history bringing three world record swims–one after another– for gold, silver and bronze medals. First world record was made by Amber Burke of Australia. She swam 164m and broke the preceding world record.  Seconds later,  Katarina Turchinovic of Croatia swam amazing 175m. Natalia Molchanova of Russia then won the gold medal with a fantastic 182m and new AIDA world record.
Celebration continued for the Molchanov family when Alexey Molchanov won the bronze in the men’s final swimming 195m. Silver went to another amazing newcomer from Croatia–Vanja Peles–who swam 200m. And finally, another Croatian, Goran Colak, took the gold and closed this fantastic and exciting first day of 2013 finals with a 206m performance.
Lena Jovanovic
AIDA PR/Media Officer
 

AIDA – Suunto Awards 2012

The results are in from an unprecedented number of votes in the 2012 awards. This year the winners were determined by an open vote on Facebook.  Some categories were very close with just a few votes separating first and second places. There were ten categories. All finalists will receive a beautiful certificate and the winner of each category will receive a generous prize provided by Suunto.

Best Male Freediver
WILLIAM TRUBRIDGE

Best Female Freediver
ILARIA BONIN

Best Male Newcomer
RÉMY DUBERN

Best Female Newcomer
TOMOKA FUKUDA

Best AIDA Instructor
KAROL MEYER

Best AIDA Judge
GRANT W. GRAVES

Best Safety Diver
DAAN VERHOEVEN

Best Athletic Sportsmanship
LIV PHILLIP

Best Coach
MARC LENOIR

Best AIDA Volunteer
CARLA HANSON

 

New World Record Women’s Constant Weight No-Fins

286217_240248252682088_5089886_oOn April 25th, 2013 the world record was broken in the discipline CNF (Constant weight no fins) by Russian Natalia Molchanova in Dahab at the Russian National Open Competition.  She dove to 68 m in 3 minutes and 10 seconds. This record was previously held by Ashley Futral Chapman of the USA.

Last year, on her 50th birthday, Natalia broke a world record in VWT (Variable weight) discipline. This year, she gave herself an early birthday gift doing it just a bit before May 8. Alexey Molchanov, Natalia’s son, broke the continental record in the same discipline with the second deepest cnf dive in history (90m in 3:24). Great diving for mother and son!! Natalia’s new record is pending doping test.

 

 

Board Notes April 2013

The Board had a meeting via Skype on 20 April.

The first order of business was to vote on the appointment of  Petar Bojovic and Panagiota Balanou as co-Judges Responsible. Due to the large number of judges and associated tasks; the workload will be shared. Carla will also assist, as needed, and fill–in until Petar is fully available to start after the AIDA Pool World Championships in June (Petar is one of the organizers of that competition). The implementation of the updated online Judge Database and standardization of judge course materials are priority projects.

The Board also voted to elect Grant Graves as President and Petar Bojovic as Vice-President of the Jury for the 2013 AIDA Pool World Championships. The other jury members (elected by the Assembly) are: Ute Gessmann, Robert King, Stavros Kastrinakis, and Ekaterina Romanova. Alternates are: Alex Karjuk, Jana Balounova and, Darja Sobutin.

The next topic of discussion was a vote to recommend that groups from Bulgaria and Indonesia as be accepted by the Assembly as new AIDA Observer Members; an Assembly vote on this matter is currently in progress.

The Board voted to resolve an ambiguity in the Judge IOP, using judge experience points calculated as indicated by the IOP, without use of the ambiguous term “times”; the term “times”—which is of unclear meaning, and if interpreted literally would lead to irrational results — will not be used in the calculation of Judge experience. Please note that there is a work group currently reviewing the Judge IOP, which will propose changes to reflect best practices and make the Judge IOP easier for judges and organizers to understand. Such proposed changes will be reviewed with the Assembly, and the Assembly will need to vote to approve them prior to their becoming effective.

The Board discussed the judge candidates for the variable weight world record attempt to take place in  Sharm el Sheikh, including judge candidates for that attempt, in May.

Antero stated that the updated competition rules should be ready to present to the Assembly for review by May 2013.

The Board has requested that either Antero or Robert will attend the meeting of the European Underwater Federation as representatives of AIDA International; Kimmo is not available on this date.

Jean-Pol provided a report on the status of the order for the rash guards and t-shirts for AIDA judges. The order  has been placed and we hope to have the new shirts available very soon.

On behalf of Aida Board

Carla Hanson
AIDA, secretary