News Society, 09/08/2019

Kharkiv Freediver Sets World Record

On August 4, Kharkivite Natalia Zharkova set a 100m constant weight dive national record at the Caribbean Cup Competition in Roatan, Honduras. The sportswoman dove with a mono-fin at 100 meters becoming the seventh woman in the world who reached this depth.

The previous day, Natalia set a CMAS World Record diving with bi-fins at 91meters in spite of strong winds and currents which caused some challenges for the athletes.

“Since that day, I have become a member of ‘Those who are over 100’ club. My result is 100 meters and a white card which becomes a national Ukrainian record that is equal to men’s’,” Natalia writes on her Facebook page.

On August 8, the sportswoman set a new 102m constant weight dive national record and was third in the standings.

According to the tournament results, Natalia got one gold, two silver and one bronze medals.

Reference: Natalia Zharkova is 30 years old. She started swimming when she was seven. After the end of her professional swimming career, she converted to freediving. At her first freediving world championship in Denmark in 2009, she set three national records. In 2013, she got two silver and one bronze medals at AIDA International World Championship at Kalamata, Greece.

On October 27, 2016, Natalia became the first Ukrainian and the second woman in the world, the first one was Natalia Molchanova from Russia, who dove through the arch in the Blue Hole underwater vertical cave with one breath.

In 2017-2018, the Kharkivite got four gold medals setting a number of world records in Kas, Turkey.

Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques CMAS is an international federation that represents underwater activities in underwater sport and underwater sciences, as well as oversees an international system of recreational snorkel and scuba diver training and recognition. 

Association Internationale pour le Développement de l’Apnée AIDA is a worldwide rule- and record-keeping body for competitive breath-holding events.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: Natalia Zharkova’s Facebook page