Nevatt set for attempt on world record
Palmerston North's Kathryn Nevatt will attempt a world record in the dynamic without fins discipline at Masterton this weekend.
She holds the New Zealand record of 163 metres, set in the pool at Porirua in August. However, it could not be declared a world record because there wasn't an A-level judge present, nor an international judge and there was no dope testing.
"This time we have everything in place," said the 33-year-old architect.
The Masterton District Council and the Wairarapa Sports Education Trust have stumped up the funds to bring a judge from the United States and to pay for drug testing, at about $800 per sample.
Samples have to be sent to a testing laboratory in Switzerland.
Dynamic without fins is the horizontal distance swum underwater without fins on a single breath, doing a type of breaststroke.
The world record of 160m is held by Russian Natalia Molchnova set at Aarhus, Denmark, in 2009. Now aged 50, she is the world's most successful female free-diver with a total of 34 world records.
Nevatt has swum further than that in training. She wouldn't disclose the distance. "I like to keep extending my distances," she said. "It depends on the day."
She will swim 6 lengths of the 25-metre pool.
The world-record free-diving competition is being hosted by the Masterton Breathtakers Freediving Club.
Dave Mullins from Wellington will also attempt a men's world record in the same event. He holds the world record of 218m and the national record of 232m.
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