The static apnea competition concluded the 2011 Pool World Championships. There were 5 national records in the women’s category for Great Britain, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, and Australia. Veteran Kathryn Nevatt’s (NZL) experience provided the steady nerves needed for a gold medal performance of 7:12. She also won silver in dynamic n0-fins, making this a very successful comp for her! Second place was awarded to Veera Lopez-Lehto (FIN) with a new National record time of 7:03. The bronze medal in static, went to Hanoko Hirose (JPN) with a breath-hold time of 6:32.
Goran Colak (CRO) again demonstrated his prowess to win yet another gold medal! Goran achieved a time of 8:10 to add to his medal count of 3 total; with 2 golds, a silver and a World Record! Goran is new to Aida competition, having mostly competed in CMAS events, and has proven he is a force to be reckoned with! Just behind Goran was Adrian Kwiatkowski (POL) 8:09 for the silver medal. The bronze medal went to Ulf Dextegen (SWE) 7:57. The biggest announcement was made by Guy Brew (NZL) who unfortunately suffered a packing black out and was disqualified. Another unfortunate circumstance was a DQ for Alexey Molchanov, with a time of 8:03, but he was touched by his coach, thus nullifying the performance.
All in all, there were some surprises with newcomers and some disappointments for veterans. One never knows who will prevail when nerves are on edge at the most important competition, which is only held every 2 years. This competition had all the twists, turns, and some controversy, with a protested red-card on a world record swim. The athletes had to swim 50m for no-fins, which may have evened the field, and assuredly provided uncertainty in the days prior to the comp.
We say good bye to Lignano and all the Europe Evolution Cup team and thank them for being wonderful hosts. The live-feed was enjoyed by many and added excitement for real-time viewing of the dynamic events through out the world! We now look forward to Nice and the Team World Championships in 2012 and the celebration of Aida’s 20th anniversary.
Congratulations to all the athletes for outstanding performances.