First Female UAE Freediving Champion

Abu Dhabi , Saturday, March 21, 2015:

Today, Hadeya Hassan Almenhali held her breath for 2 minutes and 11 seconds to become the first ever female freediving UAE national record holder. Hadeya said ” I knew I could hold my breath for longer than 2 minutes and I think this is a challenging national record” . She continued ” This was a great experience being in an offical competition and I was a bit nervous but next time I am sure I will do even better”

The offical AIDA (International Association of Breath hold diving) competition was the first of its kind in the UAE and allowed UAE nationals to display their freediving prowess.

Other UAE Nationals came close to breaking the mens freediving static and dynamic apena records. Rashed Ailan Al-Hamelin managed a 4 minute 42 second breath hold but did not manage to comply with all the AIDA International rules on giving the ‘all clear’ at the end of his breath hold. ” I was really pleased with my breathold, it was 2 minutes longer than my previous personal best. I was disappointed that my time did not qualify but this is all part of the experience. I have learnt a lot from this competition and will do better next time.” Ali Al Shehhi managed a clean 3 minutes 17 second hold but it was not enough to break the current UAE National Record set by Ahmed Khoori of just over 4 minutes. ” I was very nervous, you really feel the pressure in these types of competitions. I was very happy with my time and it was near my personal best but if I can learn to relax more I will do better”

The competition, which was held at the British School Al Khuhairat – Abu Dhabi also had competitors from other countries including Finland, Russia and Jordan.

AIDA International has recently recognised AIDA UAE as the national representative of AIDA International. AIDA UAE has qualified AIDA judges who oversaw the competition and ensured that it was run according to AIDA International’s competition rules. ” AIDA International has very strict rules for running competitions and it is important that we adhere to them to ensure the records are safe, measurable, and comparable and prove to AIDA that we have the capability to host more of these competitions in the UAE ” says Yuriy Rakhmatullin,

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