There was no lack of excitement in Kalamata at the 2011 depth championships. There were two new world records, two continental records, and over 45 national records in the three Aida disciplines. Natalia Molchanova (RUS) proved, once again, her determination and strength throughout the competition with 2 new World records and gold medals in CWT and FIM. William Trubridge also won 2 gold medals, while successfully defending his titles in CNF and FIM . Michal Risian (CZE) gained the CNF European continental record and demonstrated unique mental composure and physical strength when he came off the line in FIM at 90m. In women’s CWT, Jarmilla Slovencikova (CZE) had a strong dive and a national record for silver and Misuzu Hirai (JAP) achieved a new continental record, in conditions that were challenging. Guillaume Nery (FRA), Carlos Coste (VEN), Giorgos Panagiotakis (GRE) and Christian Maldame (FRA), topped the medals podium in CWT. Alena Zabloudilova (CZE) had an impressive showing in her first major depth competition winning the women’s CNF title and the silver medal in FIM with Anna Von Boetticher (GER) winning bronze. Wendy Timmermans (NLD), Irina Karina (RUS), and Morgan Bourchis (FRA) were the other medal winners in CNF. In men’s FIM second and third went to Malina Mateusz (POL) and Antoni Koderman (SVN), respectively.
This competition presented new challenges to athletes and to judges with some unusual occurrences and a high number of disqualifications. A review of the rules and some modifications will be necessary to keep safety in- line with the evolution of the sport and the depths which are now being realized. Overall, it was a great competition with impressive performances by many athletes. A big thank-you to the municipality of Kalamata and Freediving Club Greece for hosting this memorable event.
All the results can be found at the Club’s website: http://www.freediving-club.gr/index.php?lang=en