Matt participated in the AIDA Individual Pool World Championships 2016 and surprised everyone with breaking record after record!
The competition took place on 25th June - 3rd July 2016 in Turku, Finland.
Matt broke three world records during this competition - one during the eliminations and two in the finals.
The current official record stands as follows:
DYN 300m WR 3rd of July 2016, Turku, Finland, AIDA Individual Pool World Championships 2016 - current World Record
DNF 244m WR 2nd of July 2016, Turku, Finland, AIDA Individual Pool World Championships 2016 - current World Record
DNF 232m WR 28th of June 2016, Turku, Finland, AIDA Individual Pool World Championships 2016
Below you can read Matt's thoughts in an emotional post made right after the competition on July 4th, 2016:
My dream came true, I've become double World Champion (DNF&DYN) with World Records set in the same swims :)
You may not believe but literally after yesterday’s 300 [m] I was in constant movement and only now after getting back home I have a couple of minutes to write few words about World Championships in Turku. There is a lot to write about which I will do at some point. I'm full of emotions but this picture of Daan Verhoeven describes it all.
I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY.
I have broken 3 World Records in 2 disciplines, 232m in DNF qualifications, improving it in finals by another 12m up to 244m. To me it is a history, it’s a record that lasted 6 years and no-one thought it will be beaten any time soon, at least not until last month :) It means to me so much more than that 300m but it’s less admirable by people because it’s not a round number :) I still can’t believe that I have improved it by 12m and there was much more in tank.
I’ve calculated a few months ago that I should be capable of doing 252m on a perfect day, based on my speed, stroke count etc. but even that number is wrong. Numbers are wrong, it’s all wrong because it’s Limitless. Numbers are in our heads and on this championship I’ve focused on making good dives with good feelings, keeping thinking about numbers just for last part of dives as a motivational tool. I must say it worked wonders for me! I came to Turku to defend my DNF title, DYN was the 2nd priority because I knew there will be no rest after DNF finals and there are athletes strictly focusing on DNF or DYN only during this championships. On the other hand, I knew that if I can do around 250 DNF, 300m DYN shouldn’t be a problem even without rest so let’s try to swim and see how it goes. I did it, I have swum 300m and became World Champion in DYN, splitting the record with Georgios Panagiotakis but I got the gold because my announcement was higher (it was closer to actually reached distance by 1m).
You can read an in-depth interview with the World Champ here: https://www.deeperblue.com/interview-mateusz-matt-malina/
Matt also started writing his blog in Polish, so if you're a Polish-speaking fan, we encourage you to read his blog here: http://mattmalina.com/
You can find some English posts there, too.
Stay tuned for more info from the Champ!
Photo courtesy of: Daan Verhoeven