Kathryn Nevatt is Pan Pacific Pool Freediving champion after a breathtaking performance at the champs in Tokyo.
National champion Nevatt, 38, won three gold medals to regain the title – winning the trifecta of ‘static apnea’, ‘dynamic apnea’ and ‘dynamic apnea without fins’.
The Arrowtown architect held her breath underwater for seven minutes and 23 seconds in static apnea.
That’s just 17 seconds off her personal best and 38 seconds longer than she recorded in September to retain her New Zealand title.
In Tokyo, over the weekend, she swam 198 metres underwater on a single breath wearing a monofin to win in ‘dynamic apnea’, beating her PB.
And she swam 156m on a single breath doing underwater breast-stroke to win ‘dynamic apnea without fins’ (PB 165m).
“I’ve trained hard for this event and am really pleased that I managed to pull it all together when it counted,” she says.
That training included four pool sessions and two dry sessions – sitting in her local park “turning blue”.
“It’s been a couple of years since I competed internationally and this is the first time I’ve managed a clean sweep of gold medals abroad.”
The NZ team took out third place behind Japan and New Caledonia in the teams competition based on the points of the top three divers in each event.
It included divers ranging from former world champion/medallists to beginners, including Queens-towner Damien Jones.
The championships were held from March 22-24.