AIDA Depth World Championship Limassol 2023
After eight days of events, the 31st AIDA Freediving World Championship in Limassol has come to a successful end.
We had amazing conditions for 6 days of the competition, flat sea with amazing visibility, near perfect optimum conditions for freediving. The last two days, when many athletes were not only competing for that discipline but also for the overall ranking of the four days, we had some small currents and waves which added an edge to the end of the competition.
We had 120 athletes fly in for this annual event. We have started to see more athletes travel to the competition from some far-flung countries, showing how our sport is growing so fast, especially in Asia. This world championships showcased our sport, especially with the number of records that were broken from all over the world! The competition was also live streamed each day, with many athletes and friends tuning in to watch the action. See below the link to review the competition.
The highlights of the competition were the three new AIDA World Records. Two set by Alexey Molchanov (INT) in Constant Weight BiFins (CWTB) and Constant Weight (CWT) with a 123m and 136m dive respectively, and the AIDA World Record set by Petar Klovar (CRO) in Free Immersion (FIM) with a 135m dive.
Two new AIDA Continental Records were set in Constant Weight Bifins (CWTB) by Enchante Gallardo (USA) with a 90m dive and Jung A Kim (KOR) with a 94m dive, in addition to the 47 total new AIDA National Records set throughout the competition in all four disciplines.
In total 49 NRs from 24 countries -
Poland, Israel, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, Morocco, Cyprus, Croatia, USA, Korea, Spain, Latvia, Denmark, Oman, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Serbia, Hungary, Great Britain, Mexico and Germany.
Athletes Jung A Kim (KOR) and Vitomir Maričić (CRO) earned the most combined points from all four disciplines to be named the overall winners of the 31st AIDA Freediving World Championship receiving the Natalia Molchanova Award.
Complete replays of each discipline can be found on the AIDA YouTube channel.
Complete competition results can be found here.