Freediver stops metres from record

SEAMUS BOYER
Last updated 13:04 06/11/2012
Kathryn Nevatt
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Kathryn Nevatt after her fourth failed attempt at a freediving world record in five days. Her final attempt is tomorrow.

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It was another case of so near yet so far in the pool today for freediver Kathryn Nevatt.

The Martinborough architect, who can go without breathing for more than seven minutes, was disqualified for briefly losing consciousness after falling just metres short of the world record of 160 metres underwater on a single breath.

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.

Unofficially she already has, with a swim of 163 metres.

The narrow miss means Nevatt will have just one more shot at the record, back at the Masterton pool tomorrow.

''I was quite tired for the last 30m,'' she said after the attempt.

''Honestly it didn't feel good enough to make it today, if I'm going to make it I feel really good around the 125m mark.''

On Sunday Nevatt completed 164m on a single breath, but was later given the red card by Los Angeles-based judge Grant Graves.

Both disqualifications were due to a couple of post-swim ''head nods'' - a tell-tale sign of a dip in consciousness.

''But I knew I was short anyway because I could stand up [at the side of the pool], if I had made it I'm a bit lower in the water.''

She would have a ''good sleep'' tonight to prepare for her final attempt tomorrow, where she hoped she could better control her nerves, she said.

''It's lovely having the support but it does put on more pressure.''

The session will take place at the Genesis Energy Recreation Centre tomorrow from 10.15am.

Contact Seamus Boyer
Wairarapa reporter
Email: seamus.boyer@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @SeamusBoyer

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