Saturday, May 25, 2024

AIDA Depth World Championship 2023 Day 2: Klovar Takes Gold, Three National Men’s CNF Records Set


Three national men’s records in the Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) discipline were set on Day 2 of the AIDA 2023 Depth World Championship off Limassol, Cyprus.

Croatia’s Petar Klovar — who’s been embroiled in an alleged doping scandal since the Vertical Blue competition earlier this year and has vociferously maintained his innocence — took first place with his dive to 95m/312ft, although he got a yellow card for not grabbing a tag at his announced depth which also kept him from claiming a national record.

Klovar’s countryman Vitomir Maricic came in second with an 84m/276ft dive and also got a yellow card for not grabbing a tag, as well as no national record.

Russia’s Gennady Roshchin, diving under no flag due to his country’s invasion of Ukraine, got third place (and a white card) with his successful dive to 67m/220ft.

Three National Records

Iran’s Amin Jadidi Fighan earned a white card with his successful national record dive to 51m/167ft.

Morocco’s Anas Chair successfully dove to 44m/144ft.

Cyprus’s Alexandros Polemitis earned a national record with his 43m/141ft dive.

AIDA World Championship Day 2 - Men CNF
AIDA World Championship Day 2 – Men CNF

Challenging Dives

France’s Abdelatif Alouach was gunning for an 86m/282ft national record dive, but got a red card for pulling just above the 2-meter grace zone from the bottom plate.

Israel’s Tom Peled was going for a 68m/223ft national record, but drew a red card for not following the correct surface protocol.

“Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong,” Peled said during a post-dive interview during the livestream. “I came in sick today, I had something bad to eat yesterday. I didn’t really want to dive this morning when I got up, I was shivering all night, I really felt terrible but I said I’d give it a try. When I went in the water it felt like I could do it so I just went for it but I was slow, I wasn’t focused, just a shitty dive, basically,” he said with a chuckle.

Oman’s Omar Al Ghailani was gunning for a continental record with a dive to 77m/253ft, but earned a red card for blacking out just below the surface.

Turkey’s Necati Gul successfully dove to a national record 54m/177ft and got a white card, but later was issued a red card for pulling above the 2-meter grace zone from the bottom plate.

Check out the full results below, along with video highlights as well as the full replay.

(Photo Credits: AIDA Depth World Championship & Diveye)

AIDA Depth World Championship Limassol 2023 - Day 2

AIDA Depth World Championship Limassol 2023 - Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) - Men

AIDA World Championship Day 2 - Men CNF

AIDA World Championship Day 2 - Men CNF

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.