Poland’s Magdalena Solich beat the previous DNF World Record by 3m and sets the bar to 185m now for the girls. On the men’s side, Mateusz Malina did it again; after his 232m DNF World Record from Thursday’s qualifications, he made it to the 244m mark with a white card.
With both gold medals and Julia Kozerska’s bronze medal (167m), Poland clearly dominated the DNF discipline on Saturday.
In addition to the World Record, five national records were also set in the women’s finals: Anna Marie Christiansen for Denmark, Lydia Horel with 165m for France, Alice Hickson with 180m for the UK (an ex-gold medalist in Belgrade), Tomomi Hamazaki with 160m for Japan and Elisabeth Skeparnia with 128m for Greece. After Danish freediver Anna Marie Christiansen (157m) beat Anette Rafen Otttzen (156m) by 1 meter, Anette jokingly said it was unfair because Anna is so much taller! – no comments from the jury on this yet 🙂
A new national record was also set on the men’s side from Ulf Lindbergh who pushed the Sweden DNF challenge to 195m.
All the girls from the A final reached new personal bests and all girls from both the A and the B finals had white cards. Tomomi Hamazaki from the B finals with her Japanese NR of 160m was good enough for the bronze medal.
AIDA President Carla Hanson said: “It was an amazing day with great performances, and the athletes attributed it to the organization: many commented that the event was so well organized in every detail – best World Championships ever!”
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