With an extremely strong field of athletes on the start list; big performances were expected. No one could have predicted a more dramatic result with an apparent world record swim of 273m by Goran Colak (CRO), which curiously received a red card. Goran made a strong surface protocol, so the disqualification was a mystery to many watching the performance via live-stream. It was later explained that the safety diver touched the athlete (in congratulations) prior to the judges’ decision, which resulted in the DQ. Goran, supported by a petition signed by all of the other athletes, protested the card and won the decision.
The silver medal for the men was shared by Guy Brew (NZL) 251m and Mikko Pontinen (FIN) 261m but a deduction for a grab. The bronze medal went to Bjarte Nygard (NOR) 232m. Fred Sessa (FRA) and Alexey Molchanov (RUS) had the longest announcements, but both came up short and out of medal contention.
The women’s division was a led by a beautiful performance of 206m by gold-medalist, Barbora Ivanska (CZE) . She was followed by a close second 203m swim by Emilia Biala (POL) and just 3m less for the bronze, Dajana Zoretic (CRO) 200m.
So far the Croatians are leading the medals count with 4; two for Goran and two for Dajana. Sunday on 16th of October at 9:00 Italy time, the static apnea contest will complete the pool championships. The great performances are sure to continue, so tune-in to the chatter on Facebook AidaInternational Insider for real-time reports.