Monday, May 27, 2024

Julia Kozerska Sets New AIDA DNF World Record


Poland’s Julia Kozerska set a new women’s world record on Day 2 of the AIDA Pool World Championship in Jeju, South Korea with a 213m/699ft swim in the Dynamic No Fins (DNF) discipline.

Kozerska swam past her own previous record of 209m/686ft set last year.

According to AIDA:

“Julia was very humble when asked about her result, saying that she wasn’t sure if she would be able to achieve this distance today after working hard during yesterday’s Dynamic Bifins (DYNB) competition, but at the 200m turn, she decided she might as well go further.”

For the rest of the podium, South Africa’s Bevin Reynolds — for whom this was her first formal Freediving competition ever — nabbed both a silver medal as well as a continental and national record for her 180m/590.6ft swim, while Japan’s Mai Morimura brought home a continental and national record along with the bronze medal with a 172m/564ft swim.

On the men’s side, Russians Aleksandr Maksimov and Aleksandr Bogdashkin — competing under no flag due to their country’s invasion of Ukraine — got gold and silver medals with their swims of 184m/604ft and 182m/597ft, respectively. Spain’s Inaki Santos earned the bronze with his 178m/584ft swim.

Two other men’s national records were set: Italy’s Federico Buzzoni with a 176m/577ft swim and Hong Kong’s Chris Cheung with a 120m/394ft swim.

Check out the video replay of Day 2 below.

AIDA Pool World Championship Jeju 2023 - Day 2: DNF
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.