19 September 2013, Kalamata, Greece
Alexey Molchanov of Russia increased his own world record in Constant Weight to 128m in a dive time of 3:38. He was coached by his mother, world record diver, Natalia Molchanova. Alexey had made this depth earlier in the year but the record did not count because he did not have a tag. We congratulate him on another great achievement.
19 September 2013, Kalamata, Greece
16 September – Kalamata, Greece
Natalia Molchanova increased her previous record to 69 meters in constant weight no-fins. The dive time was 3:09 . In a spectacular start to the Depth World Championships. Natalia was coached by her son, Alexey Molchanov, the current record holder in Men’s Constant Weight.
We look forward to the remaining days of the competition with the Constant Weight and Free Immersion disciplines and expect great performances from the athletes competing here.
Full results can be found on the Aida Website News: Kalamata pages.http://aidainternational.org/news/kalamatanews/competition-day-1-cnf.
Jeanine Grasmeijer of the Netherlands set a new AIDA Freediving World Record, in the women’s free immersion (FIM) discipline, with an extraordinary dive to -90m (295 feet). Jeanine broke the previous record, held by Natalia Mochanova, at the 2013 Kalamata Open: the pre-competition to the 2013 AIDA Depth World Championships in Kalamata, Greece, commencing on 16 September. (Coverage of the 2013 AIDA Depth World Championships will be available at: http://www.aidainternational.org/). Jeanine’s dive took approximately 4:20 (all on a single breath of air). Jeanine is 20 years old and only recently started to compete–we expect to hear more from this exciting young diver!
4 September 2013 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt: William Winram of Canada descended to 145m on a sled to achieve a new world record in variable weight. William made the dive with ease following a significant training regime, including doing a constant weight record dive with bi-fins at the Caribbean Cup in Roatan.
The crew in Sharm included the Canadian safety team and William’s wife Michele Monico, along with judges Grant Graves and Pim Vermeulen.
William is a long-time Aida competitor, instructor, record-holder, and a well known shark conservationist.
We congratulate William and all who supported him in this effort. The record will be official pending doping test results.
Belgrade, Serbia – This morning’s final event of the 2013 AIDA Pool World Championships–Static Apnea (timed breath hold, STA)–brought another world record for women, and a dramatic finish in the Men’s final.
In the women’s A final, Natalia Molchanova of Russia set a third consecutive world record to take the gold medal–this time in Static Apnea–holding her breath for fantastic 9 minutes and 2 seconds; this was the first official women’s performance over nine minutes. Silver went to Veronika Dittes of Austria with 7 minutes and 44 seconds, and Gabriela Grezlova from Czech Republic took bronze with 6 minutes and 54 seconds.
In yesterday’s Dynamic Apnea final the woman’s heat stole the show–with three performances exceeding the previous world record–but today the men’s final provided the drama. Goran Čolak of Croatia took gold with 8 minutes 59 seconds, and Giorgos Panagiotakis of Greece and Eugen Goettling of Austria surfaced simultaneously at 8 minutes 46 seconds to take the other two spots on the podium. Following AIDA International’s competition rules, silver was awarded to Giorgos based on his announced performance being longer than Eugen’s: by a single second.
AIDA’s 2013 Pool World Championship concludes with four new world records, and seven performances over previous world records. Over 140 athletes from 24 countries competed in this event, making it AIDA’s largest pool world championship ever. Many thanks to the host and organizer AIDA Serbia for running such a successful and entertaining event!
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