Serbia’s Branko Petrovic secures top honors at the Fazza Championship for Freediving | Freedive Earth

Serbia’s Branko Petrovic secures top honors at the Fazza Championship for Freediving

Last weekend, Serbian Branko Petrovich took the top spot at the Fazza Championship for Freediving at the Hamdan Sports Complex with a time of 10 minutes and 14.66 seconds spent underwater. His breath hold was almost a minute longer than the runner-up, Goran Colak of Croatia, who surfaced at 9m and 16.18 seconds. Polish contender Mateusz Jan Malina came in third with a time of 8m and 29.19 seconds. Some might say Petrovich was on a mission, as he missed his chance for first place last year. During the 2015 competition, he left the rope for a brief moment and was disqualified. He was taking no chances this time around. This will be the third time that he has won the Fazza Championship for Freediving.

Different than most static apnea competitions, the Fazza Championship for Freediving requires that the athlete is fully submerged, holding on to a rope. As soon as the last part of the body is immersed underwater, time will start counting. No equipment is allowed and the athlete has no coaching partner assistance, leaving them void of any sense of time. Considered to be a very challenging competition, it is no wonder that there is a hefty prize at the end of the rope. Congrats to Petrovich on the top honors, as well as his new car!

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