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Aleix Segura Vendrell and Natalia Molchanova Secure Gold Medals After Static Apnea Finals

Aleix Segura Vendrell (Spain) and Natalia Molchanova (Russia) have both taken gold medals in the A & B finals of the Static (STA) discipline of the 2015 Individual Pool World Championships.  The last of the 3 finals in this years Pool World Championships saw solid performances of 9min 32sec from Segura Vendrell and 8min 38sec from Molchanova.

Molchanova was seen to be quite frustrated after a Black Out disqualification in the Dynamic No Fins final.  Today she sealed her 2nd Gold Medal of the competition so walks away with two out of three gold medals.

Team captains and organizers had agreed to hold the Static Apnea final in the indoor pool to avoid some of the inclement weather that has plagued the competition in the last 2 days when the finals were being held.

In an interesting twist the fourth place women’s athletes Anna-Marie Christiansen (Denmark) and Beatrice Del Negro (France) tied with exactly the same announced performances (4min 32sec) and actual completed Static dive times (6min 36sec) with both setting National Records as well.

Four National Records were also set during the finals:

  • Alice HICKSON (United Kingdom) 6min 58sec
  • Anna-Marie CHRISTIANSEN (Denmark) 6min 36sec
  • Beatrice DEL NEGRO (France) 6min 36sec
  • Samo JERANKO (Slovenia) 8min 8 sec

The final standings for the STA Finals:

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#AIDAWCBelgrade2015 Natalia Molchanova Takes Gold in STA Final
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All Photos Courtesy of and © Copyright Daan Verhoeven

Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
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