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Extremely successful CMAS Freediving World Championships! - summary

The 3rd CMAS Freediving World Championship 2018 has come to an end, with the absolute top athletes competing in depth disciplines competing against each other in Kaş, Turkey. The tournament proved to be extremely exciting and the competition fierce. As a result, we had as many as 5 world records, and also 5 times the
Published: October 10, 2018 - 12:18
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:19
Extremely successful CMAS Freediving World Championships! – summary

The 3rd CMAS Freediving World Championship 2018 has come to an end, with the absolute top athletes competing in depth disciplines competing against each other in Kaş, Turkey. The tournament proved to be extremely exciting and the competition fierce. As a result, we had as many as 5 world records, and also 5 times the competitors achieved the same result, sharing the podium place!

It all started rather unluckily. During his attempt at the CWT, Spaniard Ramon Carreno Paz was ascending from a depth of 75m when, at a depth of 35m, he collapsed and suffered a deep blackout (faint for short). The event was widely reported as everything could be seen live, thanks to the Diveye video streaming system.

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To make matters worse, safety procedures failed and the assisting diver, equipped with a DPV scooter, not only appeared not to be looking at the athlete, but even disappeared altogether at the very moment when the Spaniard most needed help. As a result, he sank to a depth of 60m after the blackout before being rescued. Fortunately, all ended well and Ramon Carreno Paz is recovering after being transported to hospital.

From that moment on, everything went smoothly and we could look forward to an extremely fierce competition. In individual categories, both among women and among men, the fight for medals was very exciting. Suffice it to say that, as a result, 5 new world records were set and the same number of times the athletes shared a place on the podium.

On the first day of the championships gold medal and world championship in the CNF competition, won Polish representative Mateusz Malina. He was followed by Michele Giurgola from Italy and Remy Dubern from France. In turn, among women the gold medal and the world record of 70 m was shared by Italy’s Alessia Zecchini and Ukraine’s Nataliia Zharkova, followed by Japan’s Sayuri Kinoshita.

The second day was also extremely interesting, especially in the competition with fixed weight in fins – CWT BF ladies. Once again, Zharkova was in top form, diving to 89m, setting another world record and taking her second gold medal of these championships. The silver medal and second place were shared by Slovenian Alenka Artnik and Colombian Sofia Gomez Uribe. In the men’s category Russian Alexei Molchanov was unrivalled. Frenchman Arnaud Jerald and Italian Antonio Mogavero completed the podium.

On the last day, free immersion – FIM and fixed weight in mono fin – CWT competitions were contested. In FIM, the gold medal in the men’s competition went to Alexei Molchanov, who set another world record -116m. His compatriot Andrei Matvienko was second and the bronze was shared between Slovene Samo Jarenko and American Daniel Koval.

In the women’s category, the phenomenal Alessi Zecchini won another gold this year, overtaking Japanese Sayuri Kinoshita once again in the classification. Japan’s Hanako Hirose and Colombia’s Sofia Gomez Uribe rounded off the podium.

In the last competition of the fixed ballast in mono fin – CWT, Molchanov and Zecchini were again unrivalled. The Russian won his third gold medal of these championships, placing ahead of Andrej Matwienko and Antonio Mogavero. The Italian, on the other hand, won her third gold by beating Alenke Artnik and Sayuri Kinoshita, who shared the silver medal and second place with 96m.

Source: sportalsub.net

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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