Natalia Molchanova

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Natalia Molchanova
Molchanova Natalia 1, Danmark, Aarhus, 5th Individual freediving World Championship, 2009.jpg
Natalia Molchanova at the 2009 Freediving World Championships
Personal information
Born 8 May 1962 (1962-05-08) (age 53)[1]
Ufa, Russia[1]
Residence Moscow[2]
Sport
Sport Freediving
Club Krokodil, Moscow

Natalia Vadimovna Molchanova (Russian: Наталья Вадимовна Молчанова, born 8 May 1962) is a Russian champion freediver and is the current President of the Russian Freedive Federation.

Molchanova is the world's most decorated freediver ever, with a total of 40 world records. She has, so far, 20 individual gold medals and two team gold medals from the Freediving World Championships. At the 2007 World Championships in Maribor, Slovenia, her winning time in the static discipline was better than the winning male gold medal. On 25 September 2009, she became the first woman ever to pass 100 meters with constant weight, in a dive of 101 meters. Molchanova was also the first woman to dive on one breath through the Blue Hole arch in Dahab, Egypt. In 2009 she also became the first freediver, male or female, to deliver three results, in three different categories (depth, length and time) with over 100 points in each according to the international point scoring systems that are recognised by AIDA International. During 2009 Molchanova set five world records and took all five gold medals at the two individual AIDA World Championships.

Molchanova has a son Alexey and daughter Oksana. She first trained in swimming, but semi-retired for about 20 years after giving birth. She resumed training aged 40, and shifted from swimming to freediving. Her first freediving competition was the 2003 Russian championships in Moscow, where she set a national record. Her son is also a prominent freediving competitor. Contrary to most international freedivers they go to the sea only 3-4 times per year, with the rest of training spent in the pool. Molchanova works as a freediving instructor at the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism.[1]

World records[edit]

Alexey and Natalia Molchanova at the 2007 Freediving World Championships
Apnea Record Date Location
FIM 91 m 21 Sep 2013 Kalamata (Greece)
CNF 69 m 16 Sep 2013 Kalamata (Greece)
STA 9:02" 28 Jun 2013 Belgrade (Serbia)
DYN 234 m 28 Jun 2013 Belgrade (Serbia)
DNF 182 m 27 Jun 2013 Belgrade (Serbia)
CNF 68 m 25 April 2013 Dahab (Egypt)
VWT 127 m 6 Jun 2012 Sharm (Egypt)
CNF 66 m 8 May 2012 Dahab (Egypt)
FIM 88 m 24 Sep 2011 Kalamata (Greece)
CWT 101 m 22 Sep 2011 Kalamata (Greece)
CWT 100 m 16 April 2011 Blue Hole (Bahamas)
VWT 125 m 16 June 2010 Kalamata (Greece)[2]
DYN 225 m 25 April 2010 Moscow (Russia)[2]
CNF 62 m 3 Dec 2009 Blue Hole (Bahamas)[2]
FIM 90 m* 27 Sep 2009 Sharm (Egypt)[2]
CWT 101 m* 25 Sep 2009 Sharm (Egypt)[2]
STA 8:23" 21 August 2009 Aarhus (Denmark)[2]
DNF 160 m 20 August 2009 Aarhus (Denmark)[2]
DYN 214 m 5 October 2008 Lignano (Italy)[2]
FIM 85 m 27 July 2008 Crete (Greece)[2]
CWT 95 m 25 July 2008 Crete (Greece)[2]
CNF 60 m 12 June 2008 Dahab (Egypt)[2]
FIM 82 m 10 June 2008 Dahab (Egypt)[2]
DNF 149 m 7 July 2007 Maribor (Slovenia)[2]
STA 8:00" 6 July 2007 Maribor (Slovenia)[2]
DYN 205 m 5 July 2007 Maribor (Slovenia)[2]
FIM 80 m 3 June 2006 Dahab (Egypt)[2]
DYN 200 m 23 April 2006 Moscow (Russia)[2]
STA 7:30" 22 April 2006 Moscow (Russia)[2]
DNF 131 m 20 December 2005 Tokyo (Japan)[2]
CNF 55 m 7 November 2005 Dahab (Egypt)[2]
FIM 78 m 5 November 2005 Dahab (Egypt)[2]
CWT 86 m 3 September 2005 Villefranche (France)[2]
DNF 124 m 25 August 2005 Renens (Switzerland)[2]
STA 7:16" 25 August 2005 Renens (Switzerland)[2]
DYN 178 m 25 August 2005 Renens (Switzerland)[2]
DYN 172 m 24 April 2005 Moscow (Russia)[2]
DNF 108 m 23 April 2005 Moscow (Russia)[2]
DYN 155 m 25 April 2004 Moscow (Russia)[2][3]
DYN 150 m 26 May 2003 Limassol (Cyprus)[2]

The two records from 2009, 101 m and 90 m, were repealed by the federation 8 months after they had been set. The reason for that was the introduction of a new rule, which was then applied retrospectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Oksana Gredzheva. Чемпионка мира-2005 по фридайвингу Наталья МОЛЧАНОВА. free-diving.ru (interview in Russian)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad Natalia Molchanova. apneamania.com
  3. ^ McKie, N (2004). "Freediving in cyberspace.". Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society. 34: 101–3. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 

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