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World record and more medals for Poles at the World Championships in Belgrade

During the 3rd and 4th day of the World Freediving Championships, the Poles added a world record and more medals. As expected, the Polish representation present at the Belgrade Freediving World Pool Championships achieved great results. Polish athletes recorded very successful starts day after day. After successful first two days, also in the third and
Published: June 17, 2022 - 09:00
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 00:55
World record and more medals for Poles at the World Championships in Belgrade

During the 3rd and 4th day of the World Freediving Championships, the Poles added a world record and more medals.

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As expected, the Polish representation present at the Belgrade Freediving World Pool Championships achieved great results. Polish athletes recorded very successful starts day after day. After successful first two days, also in the third and fourth day of the competition they added to their successes the world record and another medals.

Julia Kozerska with silver medal at World Championships
Julia Kozerska with silver medal in statics Photo: David Damnjanovic

On the third day of the World Championships in Belgrade, Julia Kozerska presented herself superbly. In the statistics her result of 8 min and 01.02 s allowed her to reach for the silver medal. Gold was won by Germany’s Heike Schwerdtner, who clocked 8 min 10.52 seconds. On the lowest step of the podium was Silvie Gilson from France. Her time of 7 min 56.59 seconds earned her the bronze medal.

Fourth day of World Championships world record and more medals of Poles

The fourth day of competition in the Serbian capital promised to be very exciting. All because of the dynamic swimming competition in mono fins – DYN. Both in women’s and men’s categories, Polish swimmers are at the top of the field and they hold the current world records.

Gold medal and world record for Mateusz Malina
Mateusz Malina – world champion in the DYN competition Photo: David Damnjanovic

Mateusz Malina presented himself in a fantastic way. The Pole covered a distance of 321.43m during his attempt, with which he secured the gold medal. What’s more, he also improved his own world record from 2019. – 316,53 m. The second-place finisher, Frenchman Guillaume Bourdila, although he set his personal best, his 287m did not even for a moment allow him to dream of victory. Also Chinese Ming Jin (William Joy), who won the bronze with 279.16 m, was on the podium. The second Pole, Karol Karcz, finished 10th with 236.95 m.

William Joy and Matthew Malina
Mateusz Malina and William Joy Fot. David Damnjanovic

For Mateusz it was certainly an important and symbolic victory. It was in Belgrade, in June 2015 as the first Pole in history to become freediving world champion. AIDA Pool World Championships 2015, Malina swam 214 m and won the dynamic swimming without fins – DNF competition.

Polish women on the podium again

As far as the women’s competition is concerned, Magdalena Solich-Talanda presented herself best of all Polish women in the DYN competition. Magda reached the distance of 262.78 m, which gave her the second place and the second silver and third medal of these championships. It should be noted that the athlete from Bielsko-Biała has already won a total of 10 medals at World Championships – 5 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.

Croatian Mirela Kardasevic after winning the DYN
Croatian Mirela Kardasevic after winning the DYN Photo: David Damnjanovic

Thebronze medal was won by Julia Kozerska, who covered a distance of 256m. Both Poles had to recognize the superiority of Mirela Kardašević. Croatian with the result of 275.36 won the gold medal and set a new world record. It is worth mentioning that our third competitor Natalia Wilk, who is making her debut at the World Championships, swam 183.73 m and took 14th place.

During the already concluded World Championships, five new world records were set and 200 athletes from more than 30 countries took part in the competition. As a result, it was the biggest freediving world championships to date.

A summary of the first two days of the Belgrade Freediving World Championships can be found here.

Photo: David Damnjanovic


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