Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Five Continental Records Set On Day 1 of AIDA 2023 Pool World Championship


Four women and one man set continental freediving records in the Dynamic with Bifins (DYNB) discipline on Day 1 of the AIDA 2023 Pool World Championship in Jeju, South Korea.

South Africa’s Bevin Reynolds took the women’s gold medal and the Oceania continental record with her 232m/761ft swim. Japan’s Mai Morimura nabbed the silver medal and the Asia continental record with her 220m/722ft effort, while Poland’s Julia Kozerska swam 219m/718.5ft for the bronze medal. Brazil’s Nara Martins Ishikawa set a South American continental record with a swim of 175m/574ft., while New Zealand’s Suzanne Malseed set an Oceania continental record with her 177m/581ft swim.

On the men’s podium, China’s Zy Zhang took home the gold with his 267m/876ft swim. Second and third place saw Russians (competing under no flag due to their country’s invasion of Ukraine) Mikhail Briantcev and Aleksandr Maksimov swim 256m/840ft and 254m/833ft respectively.

Australia’s Benjamin Eckert swam 236m/774ft for a men’s Oceania continental record.

The competition also saw 11 new women’s national records set:

  • Philippines: 167m/548ft – Tracy Roxanne
  • Czech Republic: 164m/538ft – Zuzana Reitingerova
  • Sweden: 208m/682ft – Paula Johnsson
  • Indonesia: 154m/505ft – Safir Abadi
  • Japan: 220m/722ft – Mai Morimura
  • Malaysia: 177m/581ft – Syafidatul Azua Shafii
  • Hong Kong: 156m/512ft – Chelsea Mo
  • Finland: 172m/564ft – Janita Kulkula
  • Chinese Taipei: 208m/682ft – Yu Fang Liu
  • Germany: 200m/656ft – Heike Schwerdtner
  • South Korea: 206m/676ft – Binna Kang

As well as eight men’s national records:

  • Indonesia: 173m/568ft – Ernaldo Sanyoto
  • Singapore: 232m/761ft – Xingqiang Fu
  • United Kingdom: 208m/682ft – Adam Drzazga
  • Hong Kong: 200m/656ft – Lap Hing (Chris) Cheung
  • Philippines: 188m/617ft – Nico Guzman
  • Finland: 202m/663ft – Olavi Paananen
  • Italy: 206m/676ft – Federico Buzzoni
  • Spain: 227m/745ft – Inaki Santos

Check out the video replay of Day 1 below.

AIDA Pool World Championship Jeju 2023 - Day 1: DYNB
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.