Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Matt Malina Defends Men’s Gold Medal On Day 1 of CMAS Indoor Pool Freediving World Championships

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Poland’s Matt Malina and Julia Kozerska came out on top of the men’s and women’s leaderboards on Day 1 of the CMAS Indoor Pool Freediving World Championship in Kuwait.

Malina swam 228.8m/750.66ft in the Dynamic No Fins (DNF) discipline. France’s Guillaume Bourdila got the silver medal with a 226.52m/746.46ft swim, and Italy’s Paolo Fontana swam 210.64m/691.08ft to nab a bronze medal.

On the women’s side, Poland’s Julia Kozerska earned a gold medal with her 200m/656.17ft swim, while her countrywoman Magdalena Solich-Talanda came in second with a 187.1m/613.85ft effort. Spain’s Gemma Catala rounded out the podium with a 168.88m/554.07ft swim for the bronze.

In the men’s Masters (ages 50-54) category, Greece’s Aris Ioannidis successfully defended his title from the previous year and brought home the gold medal with a 144.49m/474.05ft swim. The silver medal went to Hungary’s Andras Mayer with his 142.35m/467.03ft swim, and the bronze medal was won by France’s Arnault Manner for his 124.83m/409.55ft swim. No women competed in this age category.

In the men’s 55-59 age category, Poland’s Grzegorz Mucha won first place with a 134.43m/441.04ft swim. The silver medal went to Belgium’s Marc Verstappen who swam 126.55m/415.19ft, and the bronze medal went to Australia’s Frederic Maire with an 89.31m/293ft swim.

The gold medal for the women’s 55-59 age group went to Laurence Gueguen from France who swam 134.4m/440.94ft, followed by Germany’s Eva Hinz with a 66.68m/218.77ft swim and Maie Albader from Kuwait with a 49.16m/161.29ft dive.

In the men’s 60-64 category, Italy’s Francesco Franceschinis earned first place with 119.1m/390.75ft, Germany’s Hans-Jurgen Lenzen got silver with 73.94m/242.59ft and third place went to Chile’s Alberto Giannini with 65m/213.25ft.

In the male juniors category, the gold medal went to France’s Jules Forest with a 128.75m/422.41ft, while Nida Bulut from Turkey nabbed the silver medal with 113.26m/371.59ft and the bronze medal went to Muhammad Bin Aedi Faizal from Malaysia with a 50m/164.04ft dive.

In the female junior category, Ecuador’s Sabine Manz won the gold medal for her dive of 108.04m/354.46ft, followed by Turkey’s Akar Alya who won the silver medal with 103.15m/338.42ft and her countrywoman Toprak Toprak who nabbed the bronze medal with an 80.24m/263.25ft dive.

Day 2 of the competition will feature the Dynamic with Bifins (DYN-BF) discipline, Day 3 will be the Static Apnea (STA) discipline and the last day will have the Dynamic with Monofin (DYN) discipline.

Check out the replay of Day 1 (in Arabic), as well as the results below.

CMAS World Championship in Freediving - Kuwait 2023 - Day 1 - DNF
CMAS Day 1 Men DNF
CMAS Day 1 Men DNF
CMAS Day 1 Women DNF
CMAS Day 1 Women DNF
CMAS Men's 50 DNF
CMAS Men’s 50 DNF
CNAF Mens 55 DNF
CNAF Mens 55 DNF
CMAS Womens DNF 55
CMAS Womens DNF 55
CMAS Mens 60 DNF
CMAS Mens 60 DNF
CMAS Mens Junior DNF
CMAS Mens Junior DNF
CMAS Womens DNF Junior
CMAS Womens DNF Junior
John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. 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.

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