Ukraine’s Kateryna Sadurska and Russia’s Alexey Molchanov each set Women’s and Men’s CMAS world records in the Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) freediving discipline on Day 3 of the CMAS Depth World Championship in Roatan, Honduras.
Sadurska dove to 78m/256ft, setting a new absolute women’s world record in the CNF discipline, and adding a second gold medal to her haul at this competition.
In an Instagram post, Sadurska wrote:
“It was so special to do it today, on the Independence Day of Ukraine and share it with my country, as it means a lot for all of us!”
Molchanov’s Record Dive
Molchanov, competing under no flag due to his country’s invasion of Ukraine, dove to 100m/328ft, surpassing Petar Klovar’s previous record by 6m/20ft.
The record for Molchanov was especially sweet, given that at the recent Vertical Blue competition he blacked out during that attempt.
The USA’s Alejandro Llinas was gunning for a new Men’s North American Continental Record. While he dove to a depth of 77m/253ft, he accidentally grabbed the line a few centimeters above the black tape, resulting in his disqualification.
Poland’s Agata Zalecka also fell victim to this same mistake, reaching a depth of 53m/174ft, and losing the chance to set a new National Record for her country.
Croatia’s Mirela Kardasevic and Italy’s Linda Paganelli also got red cards.
Kardasevic was aiming to reclaim her Women’s CNF World Record with a 78m/256ft announced dive, but upon reaching the surface nearly blacked out and dipped her airways. Paganelli dove to 63m/207ft but also blacked out at the surface.
Check out the full results below.
(Featured Image credit: Kohei Ueno)