Freediving is also known as “apnea”. The term derives from the Greek word apnoia, which means “without breathing”.
Longest freedive (dynamic apnea, with fins)
On 3 Jul 2016, Mateusz Malina (POL) and Giorgos Panagiotakis (GRE) both swam a horizontal distance of 300 m (984 ft 3 in) underwater in Turku, Finland. This is equivalent to six lengths of an Olympic 50-m (164-ft) pool in a single breath!
Deepest freedive (free immersion/ free apnea, women)
On 6 Sep 2016, Jeanine Grasmeijer (NLD) reached a depth of 92 m (301 ft 10 in) at Kralendijk in Bonaire, Leeward Antilles. Free-immersion divers cannot use any form of propulsion equipment.
Most consecutive international rowing races won by a men’s coxless pair
The New Zealand duo of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray are one of the most dominant teams in the history of rowing. Between 19 Jun 2009 and 11 Aug 2016, they went eight seasons unbeaten, winning 69 consecutive races, six World Championships and two Olympic gold medals.
At London 2012, Bond and Murray won their event in 6 min 8.50 sec, obliterating the decade-old record for fastest coxless pairs rowing (men’s class) by more than 6 sec.
Fastest row double sculls lightweight class (female)
At the World Rowing Cup regatta in Poznan, Poland, on 19 Jun 2016, the Dutch duo of Maaike Head and ilse Paulis set a time of 6 min 47.69 sec. This surpassed the previous mark of 6 min 48.38 sec, set by the British pair of Charlotte Taylor and Katherine Copeland on 20 Jun 2015.
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First tie for an Olympic medal in canoeing/kayaking
On 20 Aug 2016, the final of the men’s Olympic 200 m K-1 sprint was too close to call. The bronze medal was shared between Saul Craviotto (ESP) and Ronald Rauhe (DEU), who both finished in 35.662 sec.
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Most KPWT Freestyle World Championships by a woman
Gisela Pulido (ESP) won 10 kiteboarding World Kite Tour (previously PKRA) Freestyle Championships: in 2004-11, 2013 and 2015. in 2012 and 2014, Pulido was runner-up to Karolina Winkowska (POL), who came second in 2015.
Most points scored in a WSL Surfing World Championship season (female)
Tyler Wright (AUS) dominated the 2016 World Surfing League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour, winning five of the 10 events on her way to the title. Her tally of 72,500 ranking points eclipsed the previous best of 66,200, by Hawaii’s Carissa Moore in 2015.
A MOST CONSECUTIVE GOLD MEDALS IN A TEAM OLYMPIC EVENT (FEMALE) Synchronized diver Wu Minxia (CHN, left) won her fourth consecutive gold medal at Rio 2016, equalling the record shared by basketballers Lisa Leslie, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi (all USA). it was Wu’s fifth Olympic gold overall – the most gold medals won at the Olympics for diving (female).
On 14 May 2016, Gabriel Medina (BRA) made competitive surfing history when he landed a backflip during Round 2 of the Oi Rio Pro in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Medina, who became Brazil’s first ever surfing world champion in 2014, received perfect scores of 10 from all five judges for his groundbreaking flip. He went on to take third place in the event.