200m was not even good enough for second place during the Sofia Freediving Cup – an AIDA pool competition held in Bulgaria between 8-9 April.  Overall 35 athletes from 6 countries took part in Sofia Freediving Cup 2017 – the 6th AIDA pool competition in Bulgaria.

The competition featured Dynamic (DYN), Dynamic No Fins (DNF) and Static (STA) disciplines for athletes.

Matt Malina, Static Winner at Sofia Freediving Cup 2017
Matt Malina, Static Winner at Sofia Freediving Cup 2017

The current world champion and world record holder in the DNF discipline – Matt Malina of Poland won with 215m, followed by Giannis Kothonidis who set a new Greek national record with a strong dive of 201 m.  Local Bulgarian Danail Edrev was tired after his national record of 207m DYN and managed third place with a dive of ‘only’ 159 m.

Giannis Kothonidis 201m Dynamic No Fins at the Sofia Freediving Cup 2017
Giannis Kothonidis 201m Dynamic No Fins at the Sofia Freediving Cup 2017

Matt Malina took the men’s gold medal in STA with 8min 03sec and with the combined score of DNF and STA won overall gold in the competition. Birgul Erken from Turkey also won gold in the women’s category with 150m DYN and 4min 16sec STA.

Dynamic No Fins World Champion Matt Malina
Dynamic No Fins World Champion Matt Malina

The event was kindly supported by Divetec Ltd. (official distributor of Omer, Suunto and Aquasphere) and Acer-Bulgaria.

Stephan Whelan

Stephan is the Founder of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup DeeperBlue.com. When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

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