Pushing her body to the absolute limit, Martinborough freediver Kathryn Nevatt failed to break the world record yesterday- by just one metre.
The attempt would not have counted anyway as she was given the red card after emerging because she was unable to keep stable consciousness. It was another case of so-close-and-yet-so-far with Nevatt's fourth tilt at the title in the last four days.
International judge Robert Graves has been flown in from the United States to monitor the record attempts of Nevatt and several other divers over the course of the last week and the pressure is on to push the limits.
Nevatt has shown she is prepared to push herself, up to the point of passing out.
It was her fourth attempt in five days to break the women's freediving world record in the dynamic apnoea without fins, set in Denmark in 2009 by Russian Natalia Molchanova.
Nevatt reached 164m on Sunday and 159m yesterday but both dives were declared invalid because of a couple of post- swim "head nods" - a tell-tale sign of a dip in consciousness. Today is her last chance at the international record before the sanctioned judge leaves New Zealand.
Nevatt has broken the 160m mark before under unofficial circumstances.
Her official attempts so far this week have all been valiant efforts with Nevatt making it over six lengths underwater on each occasion. After the final turn she needs to swim a further 10m underwater.
She would have a "good sleep" to prepare for her final attempt today, where she hoped she could better control her nerves, she said.
The session was due to take place at the Genesis Energy Recreation Centre today from 10.15am.
- Wairarapa News