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Croatian, Bulgarian Freedivers Take Top Male And Female Honors At 2013 Sofia Freediving Cup

Croatian freediver Goran Colak and Bulgarian freediver Viktoria Danova each won all three men’s and women’s respective disciplines at the 2013 Sofia Freediving Cup this week.

Colak came in first place with a 9:19 static breath-hold (a new Croatian Static Apnea National Record), a 200-meter dynamic with fins swim and a 164-meter dynamic no fins swim.

As the best male competitor, Colak was awarded an Aeris F11 dive watch.

Last month, Colak broke the Guinness World Record for the longest pure oxygen-aided breath hold at 22 minutes and 30 seconds.

Viktoria Danova, a former synchronized swimmer from Bulgaria, was the best female competitor with three first-place finishes also earning her an Aeris F11. She also caught the audience’s attention by swimming on her back during the DYN and DNF portions.

More than 30 competitors from five countries — Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Croatia and Serbia — took part in the two-day event, held on 12-13 October in Sofia. It was a first competition for most Bulgarian athletes, but still they received mostly white cards from the judges  Darija Subotin and Petar Bojovic from AIDA Serbia.

Romanian freediver Adrian Sandu set a new National Record with a 132-meter DNF swim.

The Sofia Freediving Cup was organized by AIDA Bulgaria with support from AIDA Serbia. The event received great media attention, with three national TV stations plus newspapers and radios covering it.

The organizers would like to thank the competitors, supporters, sponsor Divetec Ltd – official distributor of AquaSphere for Bulgaria, judges of the event and the guys from AIDA Serbia who gladly offered their help.”


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.