Friday, May 24, 2024

AIDA Depth World Championship 2023 Day 6: Petar Klovar Sets New Men’s FIM World Record


Croatia’s Petar Klovar set a new men’s world record in the Free Immersion (FIM) discipline on Day 6 of the AIDA Depth World Championships off Limassol, Cyprus.

Klovar’s World Record

Petar Klovar diving to a Men's FIM AIDA World Record (Image credit: AIDA/YouTube)
Petar Klovar diving to a Men’s FIM World Record (Image credit: AIDA/YouTube)

Klovar successfully dove to 135m/443ft, securing the gold medal (pending doping results, of course) and surpassing Russian Alexey Molchanov’s previous record of 133m/436ft set two months ago at the Vertical Blue competition.

Klovar’s countryman Vitomir Maricic earned a silver with his dive to 123m/404ft (although he drew a yellow card for not grabbing the tag at his target depth of 124m/407ft).

France’s Abdelatif Alouach took home the bronze with his dive to 116m/381ft.

National Records

A total of nine national men’s FIM records were set on Day 6.

Oman’s Omar Al Ghailani successfully dove to 106m/348ft.

The UK’s Gary McGrath got a white card for his dive to 103m/338ft.

Thailand’s Vootipong Limpanitivat dove to 92m/302ft.

Israel’s Tom Peled dove to 87ft/285ft.

Cyprus’s Alexandros Polemitis and Hungary’s Marcell Bago both dove to 70m/230ft.

Serbia’s Nemanja Randjic dove to 65m/213ft.

Latvia’s Deniss Lindovers dove to 62m/203ft.

Morocco’s Anas Chair dove to 61m/200ft, adding a second national record following his Constant Weight No Fins achievement on Day 2.

Depth Challenges

Not everyone with a record in their sights got what they wanted, though.

Taiwan’s Jay Ku was gunning for a 109m/356ft Continental Record, but had to turn back at 96m/315ft and drew a red card for an incorrect surface protocol.

Germany’s Jan Knutzen had a 102m/335ft national record dive in mind, but turned back at the 73m/240ft mark.

Iran’s Amin Jadidi Fighan dove to 90m/295ft but drew a red card for blacking out after surfacing.


Check out the full results along with the video replay below.

AIDA Depth World Championship Limassol 2023 - Free Immersion (FIM) - Men



(Featured Image credit: Molchanovs/Facebook)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.