Three National Records fell during the recent 2018 Apnea Association of Singapore (AAS) AIDA Freediving Open Pool Competition on March 3-4, 2018.
Held at the Singapore Sports School, the competition saw multiple new National Records for not only Singaporean competitors, but athletes from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia as well.
The competition was attended by international competitors from Germany, Denmark, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, all vying for the top prizes. This competition was also a debut for many new up-and-coming freedivers. In all, 22 athletes competed in all three AIDA pool disciplines – Static Breath hold (STA), Dynamic With Fins (DYN) and Dynamic No Fins (DNF).
Jonathan Chong, the current Singapore National record holder across all pool and depth disciplines, and Lim Yee Hu, in her debut as a competitive freediver, set the three new Singapore National Records. The 30-year-old Chong rewrote his Static Breath hold (STA) record with a tremendous 6 min 33 sec breath-hold and extended his Dynamic With Fins (DYN) National Record with a 148-meter/485.6-foot swim.
Twenty-three-year-old Lim Yee Hu broke the Singapore National Record in the Dynamic No Fins (DNF) discipline with a distance of 92 meters/302 feet in her first-ever competition while taking home the medal for Overall Champion (Women) with 109.9 points in all three disciplines.
The Men’s Overall Champion was Denmark’s Ken Kiriyama, with a total of 199.4 points earned in White Card performances in all three disciplines.
The competition also recorded a new regional national record for Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Thailand’s Ploy Malaiwongs completed an impressive 110-meter/361-foot Dynamic With Fins swim, while Malaysia’s Mohd Azam Abdul Hamid performed a 105-meter/344-foot Dynamic No Fins swim and Audrey Jiwajennie of Indonesia turned in a 4 min 55 sec Static breath hold.
Overall, six national records were broken at the 2018 AAS AIDA Freediving Open Pool Competition. The competition was officiated by AIDA Head Judge Valerie Chia, plus Michelle Ooi and Timothy Oehmigen.
Held only a few weeks before the 2018 Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) Singapore, which will take place April 6-8, 2018 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, this competition illustrates the rapid rise in the sport of freediving in Asia and the world-class competitiveness of the region’s athletes.
The competitors and all volunteers walked away with a chance of winning 25 prizes provided by the main sponsor Beuchat. Top prizes included a pair of Mundial Carbon fins, Zento Wetsuits, and Mundial dive computers. The competition would not have been such a success without the hard work of the many AAS volunteers and the other sponsors Bestdive, HyperActiv, and Cocoloco.
Congratulations to all of the competitors on their awesome performances! Check out the full results below.
(Top Photo credit: Cheryl Ema Montero)