Taiwan freediver wins two silvers at AIDA World Championship

06/25/2022 10:36 PM
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Photo courtesy of Ting I-hsien
Photo courtesy of Ting I-hsien

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Taiwanese freediver Hsu Yueh-shiang (許越翔) clinched two silver medals at the 28th AIDA World Championship held in Burgas, Bulgaria this week, setting several new national records for Taiwan in the process.

Hsu captured silver in the men's dynamic (DYN) discipline with a 259-meter swim on Friday and nabbed a silver with a 240m swim in the men's dynamic with bifins (DYNB) discipline on Monday, both of which were new national records.

The Taiwanese also had a static apnea result of seven minutes and 29 seconds, which was also a new record for Taiwan.

One of three Taiwanese competitors at the tournament, Hsu started learning how to dive in 2019 and was found to be talented in the sport despite not coming from a competitive athletic background. He would train for freediving in the evenings after work.

In Monday's DYNB event, Croatian Peter Klovar's 250m swim earned him a gold medal, while Guillaume Bourdila of France won gold in the DYN event on Friday with a swim of 301m, which was also a new world record.

Source: AIDA Freediving

The previous AIDA world record for DYN of 300m was set by Mateusz Malina of Poland and Giorgos Panagiotakis of Greece in 2016.

The 28th AIDA World Championship was held from June 20-24.

(By Lung Po-an and William Yen)

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