Pan-Pacific Freediving Championships Continue With More National Records

Athelete Amber Bourke and Safety Divers Gavin and Jonathon - Photo By David Pearte

The Pan Pacific Freediving Championships continued today in Brisbane with Dynamic No Fins (DNF). An air of excitement rallied through spectators and competitors alike with a strong day from the forty five international athletes.

Pint sized Indonesian competitor Nora Lestari finished her swim with a National Record. With a performance of 57m DNF, what a gargantuan feat for someone just over 5 feet!

Jonathan Chong from Singapore finished with his second National Record in just as many days. Chong is an impressive competitor and finished clean with 117m and a dive time of 2 minutes 18.

There was of course plenty of  support for local Brisbane Freediver Leigh Woolley who finally broke the Australian National Record for Dynamic No Fins today at the Pan Pacific Championships. The last record belonged, until today to actor come Freediver Tanc Sade and was set in 2012. Woolley officially broke the record today with a massive swim of 184m and reportedly surfaced with perfection. Leigh commented on the unique spirit of competitive Freediving saying that the “competitors helping each other out and watching other Freedivers improve has been very inspiring!” Congratulations to our homegrown talent.

Jaqueline Dent of the U.S.A announced a record attempt in the unofficial (yet still AIDA ranked) division in the afternoon competition and swam 125m but was disqualified after she had a surface black out.

Pan Pacs will climax tomorrow with the final discipline Dynamic. Expectations are high for both Alexey Molchonov and New Zealand’s gentleman of Freediving and living legend Ant Williams.

Official Results Below from Day Two:

Pan-Pacific Championships – Day Two – DNF Results
Pan-Pacific Championships – Day Two – DNF Results