The second day of the AIDA Individual Freediving Depth World Championships in Roatan continued today with the Men’s Free Immersion (FIM) competition.  43 athletes from 22 countries battled it out in what seemed to be more challenging conditions.

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2017 AIDA Individual Freediving World Championships in Roatan
2017 AIDA Individual Freediving World Championships in Roatan

The men obviously struggled more today than the women yesterday.  Numerous penalties, disqualifications, and yellow cards occurred during the dives today, including a battle for podium places with an early turn at 114m by William Trubridge (who announced 116m), a red card by Alexey Molchanov (who announced 121m) and a blackout by Walid Boudhiaf (who announced 117m) meant that the race for first place was wide open.

Protests and judge reviews are yet to happen but based on performances today top three podium places are likely to be:

  • GOLD – William Trubridge (New Zealand) – 114m
  • SILVER – Dean Chaouche (UK) – 98m
  • BRONZE (JOINT) – Adam Stern (Australia) – 92m (New National Record)
  • BRONZE (JOINT) – Brandon Hendrickson (USA) – 92m
Alexey started strong but ended up DQ'd (photo © Daan Verhoeven)
Alexey Molchanov. Photo by Daan Verhoeven

We also saw National Records set by Edgardo Andrade (Honduras) at 71m and Amerigo Moran (Guatemala) at 70m.

Whilst we wait for the final results after protests, you can rewatch the whole day below (via two separate broadcasts) courtesy of the fantastic underwater video setup by Diveye who are live-streaming each day on YouTube and Facebook.

Read all the action from the 2017 Caribbean Cup & AIDA Individual World Championships in Roatan.

Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup DeeperBlue.com. When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

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