|On June 20th in Burgas, Bulgaria, freedivers competed in Dynamic with Bifins (DYNB) at the 28th AIDA World Championship.
For the 28th World Championship, organizers chose a modern and recently-built pool, the Park Arena OZK, which was constructed in 2019. This pool provides the most favorable conditions for athletes with its spaciousness (10 lanes that are 50m/164ft in length) and warm, but not hot, water temperature (26°C/79°F).
Therefore, athletes are able to perform at consistently high levels, setting new personal bests (PBs) and national records.
At the beginning of the day, Petar Klovar of Croatia performed a very strong and clean 251m (823ft) dive, setting the bar very high for a gold medal. Petar’s dive remained the top performance of the day until the last two heats, where his teammate David Čustić and French athlete Guillaume Bourdila later took the stage. David had not participated in official competitions as of late due to his suspension for doping; therefore, no one knew for sure what shape the athlete would be in now. But he appeared to be as strong as ever, confidently performing a 265m (869ft) dive.
Guillaume Bourdila, a very experienced athlete, performed the same dive. In the absence of the current AIDA World Record holder in DYNB, Mateusz Malina (290m/951ft), Guillaume was the main favorite for the gold medal. In theory, David and Guillaume could have shared first place, but not this time.
After several rounds of protests and reviews of the dive footage, David Čustić was given a red card and disqualified for performing the surface protocol in the wrong order. Guillaume’s white card performance was also put into question and his title of AIDA World Champion has been rescinded due to a yellow card given for his turns. On each of his turns, Guillaume placed his hand on the bottom of the pool and not on the pool wall, which resulted in a 5-point deduction for each turn, totaling -20 points in penalties. Therefore, the male DYNB pedestal turned out to be very unexpected. Petar Klovar became AIDA World Champion in DYNB for his performance of 250m (820ft) and Yueh Shiang Hsu of Chinese Taipei as Vice-Champion. Yueh Shiang Hsu performed a solid dive of 240m (787ft) and also set a new AIDA National Record in DYNB. The bronze medal eventually went to Polish athlete Karol Karcz with his performance of 210m (689ft).