Association International pour le Développement de l’Apnée, commonly referred to as AIDA International in English, was established in 1992 as a Worldwide Federation for Breath-Hold Diving. AIDA manages and oversees the recognition of records, organizes competitions as well as sets the standards for its own freediving education programs.
Vertical Blue 2017 is over. Day 9 marked the last competition day, and what a day it was!
The last day of the competition was by far the most spectacular with 3 world record and 13 additional national record attempts.
Yeaterday was not the most successful competition day in this year’s edition of VB. None of my highlighted athletes from yesterday (see my post on Instagram) succeeded in their attempted dives.
There were some good and some bad news in my highlighted dives from today’s competition.
Alexey Molchanov nailed his 121m FIM Russian National Record attempt and is in a solid lead in the overall competition, ranking first in CWT and FIM respectively and trailing only 1m behind Trubridge in CNF.
Alessia Zecchini turned early in her 104m World Record attempt. Understandable after finally getting the 102m world record in her third attempt only 2 days ago. Difficult to re-focus after such an achievement.
William Trubridge didn’t even do his CWT dive today leaving the field even more open for Alexey to claim the overall victory.
Anna Von Boetticher got to the bottom of her 58m dive, but not all the way back to the surface. A Black Out in the last few meters left her disqualified and without a new National Record. Good effort though. CNF is a tough discipline and to add 3m to a fresh personal best is not an easy feat.
Apart from these dives we also had Dean Chaouche improve on his own U.K. National Record in CNF to 80m flat.
Davide Carrera from Italy who has had a great competition with an impressive 114m CWT National Record already decided to do the same in CNF with a dive to 75m.
Miguel Lozano improved on his own 78m Spanish National Record in CNF from day 3 with an impressive jump up to 83m today. 5m in one go. Wow!
Just from a quick glance at the starting line up 2017 promised to be the most competitive edition of Vertical Blue to date. Two thirds into the competition in Dean’s Blue Hole I can safely say that it’s definitely living up to it’s expectations.
Or how about this? So far we have seen:
5 men below 100m in CWT
2 women below 100m in CWT
7 men below 100m and 4 below 110m in FIM
2 women below 80m in FIM
2 men below 90m in CNF
1 woman below 60m in CNF, maybe the weakest discipline so far in the competition.
We have seen Alessia Zucchini from Italy set a new 102m World Record for women in CWT while Alexey Molchanov from Russia repeated his 129m World Record in the same discipline.
We have seen national records being broken left and right with 6 on day 6 alone.
Currently half way into the competition the standings are as follows
1. Alexey Molchanov RUS
2. Morgan Bourc’his FRA
3. Homar Leuci ITA
1. Sayuri Kinoshita JAP
2. Kate Middleton NZL
3. Aurore Asso FRA
1. Alexey Molchanov RUS – 129m (WR)
2. Davide Carrera ITA – 114m (NR)
3. Michael Board GBR – 106m (NR)
1. Alessia Zecchini ITA – 102m (WR)
2. Hanako Hirose JAP – 100m (NR)
3. Sayuri Kinoshita JAP – 96m
1. Alexey Molchanov RUS – 118m (NR)
2. William Trubridge NZL – 116m
3. Walid Boudhiaf TUN – 116m (NR)
1. Kate Middleton NZL – 84m (NR)
2. Sayuri Kinoshita JAP – 83m (NR)
3. Claire Paris USA – 70m
1. William Trubridge NZL – 91m
2. Alexey Molchanov RUS – 90m
3. Morgan Bourc’his FRA – 88m
1. Sayuri Kinoshita JAP – 68m
2. Anna Von Boettcher GER – 55m (NR)
3. Estella Navarro Holm MEX – 50m
With 3 more competition days to go a lot can still happen. Stay tuned for more updates to come.