This morning at the AIDA 2015 Individual Pool World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia a new US freediving record was set. With a swim of 150 meters American freediver John Hullverson set his second national record in the pool discipline of Dynamic No-Fins (DNF), which he successfully completed in two minutes and :42 seconds.
Hullverson, (a Missouri native who now resides in Tiburon, California) was competing alongside of 122 of the world’s top freedivers at the Milan Gale Muškatirovi Sport Center in Belgrade, where individuals from 22 countries are contesting the three pool disciplines of Dynamic Apnea with Fins (DYN), Dynamic Apnea without Fins (DNF) and Static Apnea (STA) over nine days of competition.
This was Hullverson’s second attempt in Belgrade to try to better his previous record-setting performance. On the first day of the competition (which also happened to be his birthday, the summer solstice and Father’s Day) John suffered a red card-disqualification after he was unable to complete the required surface protocol properly.
“It would have been really neat to break the record on my birthday and as a present to my Dad on Father’s Day, but it wasn’t to be that day. The good that came out of that attempt, though, was that I knew I could really do that distance, and today I got the chance to prove it. I’m very happy!” shared Hullverson.
As for the unseasonable cold spell (that impacted the outdoor pool conditions and had many of the athletes complaining about frigid water temperatures) it didn’t affect John.
“It was cold and rainy all day yesterday, so we expected the pool to be cold today, but it wasn’t that bad. About 22C/71F. I tried not to let it bother me and just wanted to go out and do my dive.”
And that is exactly what he did.
Photo Courtesy of and © Copyright Daan Verhoeven