Diver Omar Abdullah al Ghailani won two medals – gold and bronze – in the AIDA Freediving World Competition 2020 (COVID-19 Special Edition) held in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, from September 22 to 26.
The competition saw participation of 19 divers from as many countries.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Ghailani said, “I won gold in the CWT Bi-fins 85m category and bronze for overall performance.”
He described the competition as ‘tough’ with experienced divers from around the world. Besides the financial costs of the sport, another challenge that he often encounters is the temperature of water at those depths.
Reaching the finals required immense concentration and determination. Ghailani prepared for the championship by training daily – freediving for three hours besides working out in the gym.
Explaining the technique of freediving, Ghailani said it is done without the use of any breathing apparatus.
“I thank everyone who supported me to continue my training in the past few days in these difficult times. I also thank the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth for its financial support for my participation in the championship,” Ghailani said, adding that he urges Omani youth to practise sports of all kinds.
He is keen to continue representing the sultanate at international meets in order to raise the Omani flag in different countries.