The finals today proved to live up to the anticipation of a great contest! Most of the athletes were somewhat unnerved by the prospect of dnf in the 50m pool but they quickly adjusted and made some very impressive swims .
The women’s gold medal was won by newcomer Jody Fisher (AUS), who only started freediving 6 months ago. She swam 150m and surfaced with a strong protocol. Former world record holder, Kathryn Nevatt (NZL) had great form and achieved 148m, winning the silver medal. Dajana Zoretic (CRO) did an elegant 153m but received a penalty point deduction for a grab, which dropped her to third place.
The men’s category turned out to be a real cliff-hanger with the longest swim and gold medal, taking place last. Frederic Sessa (FRA) achieved an unbelievable 207m and was cheered loudly by the French team. The always strong, Goran Colak (CRO) did an almost equally impressive 194m for silver, Rune Hallum Sorensen’s (DEN) 193m dive was initially disqualified for a failed surface protocol but was reinstated following a protest and he won the bronze. It had appeared, for a time that William Trubridge (NZL) 174m swim would be enough for third but Rune prevailed.
Saturday on 15th of October the dynamic with fin discipline will take place with Alexey Molchanov (RUS) and Barbora Ivanska (CZE) leading the announcements. Fred Sessa (FRA) will surely attempt to regain his World Record. The women’s division is wide-open as Natalia Molchanova (RUS), the current World record holder, had to return home due to her mother’s illness.
All the excitement can viewed live at 17:00 local Italy time.
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