For the fourth time in a row, Fatima Korok has won the gold medal in freediving under the rules of the International Association for the Development of Apnea (AIDA) at the World Championships in Limassol, Cyprus, reports Mandiner.
The Hungarian diver announced on her social media page that she had become world champion, and in an earlier post she revealed that for various reasons she was only competing in one event and had very little chance of winning. “World champion on my last dive of the season 2023.
Honestly I was not expecting it after being sick for a month, it surprised me just like the first time in 2019 in France when I did my first gold medal world championship dive,“
wrote Fatima Korok on Facebook.
The 30-year-old athlete set a world record of 102 meters in the Vertical Blue competition near the Bahamas two months ago, during which she spent 3:47 minutes in the water with a single breath. Before that, Korok had previously attempted to break the world record several times. Her achievement is also special because she has only been competing internationally since 2019, thus she has reached the world record in less than five years.
For setting the world record, the athlete also received an honor. Dr. Ádám Schmidt, State Secretary for Sport, awarded the Hungarian Bronze Cross of Merit to Korok in September.
FactThe Hungarian Cross of Merit (Hungarian: Magyar Érdemkereszt) is the fifth highest State Order of Hungary. Until 2011, the order was awarded the called the Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. The order comes in civil and military divisions, both of which are divided into three classes. The cross is plated in gold, silver, or bronze according to the grade.
Photo via Facebook/Dr. Schmidt Ádám
Via Mandiner, Featured image via Facebook/Fatima Korok