Czech and Japanese freedivers are world champs

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Czech and Japanese freedivers are world champs

Following recent successes, there was disappointment for Britain's freedive team at the AIDA Team World Championships 2016. The sport's major annual event was hosted by Freediving Club Greece in the city of Kalamata from 17-25 September.

The competition consisted of Constant Weight dives in open water and Static and Dynamic Apnea events in the pool. Winners in the women’s events were the Japanese team of Tomoka Fukuda, Hanako Hirose and Misuzu Okamoto, who placed ahead of the Czech Republic and Russia.

Meanwhile the Czech men’s team of Petr Vala, Martin Valenta and Miroslav Sevcik took gold in the male events, finishing ahead of France and Russia.

The British men’s team of Adam Drzazga, Tim Money and debutant Carl Atkinson finished eighth out of the 12 international teams, while a women’s team of two was further reduced by a training injury to Beci Ryan, leaving only Georgina Miller to compete in the women’s events.

Despite setting a new personal record in Dynamic Apnea on the final day of competition, the one-woman team understandably came last on points.

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