MEDELLIN, Colombia – Colombian Sofia Gomez Uribe said on Thursday that her main objective this year will be to set a world record in free diving, attempting to descend to a depth of 83 meters (272 feet) using no oxygen tank in open water.
“My biggest objective is to set a world record. I already did it in one competition, but it wasn’t official. I have confidence that I can achieve it,” said Gomez at her presentation in the city of Medellin as BBVA bank’s new ambassador.
The athlete, who is ranked fourth in the world in free diving, said that her record-setting attempt is scheduled for either June or July off the island of Dominica, adding that to make the 83-meter record official she must comply with the specifications of the World Confederation of Underwater Activities.
Gomez said that the priority event on her calendar is the World Diving Championship in Roatan, Honduras, which will be held from Aug. 22-Sept. 3 and where she will try to finish in the top three.
“It’s very important to go to this competition. There are three disciplines in which I have a chance to win a medal,” she said.
Gomez has set three Pan-American diving records and says she is a fan of the Russia’s legendary Natalia Molchanova, adding that she is pleased that the World Confederation of Underwater Activities is in the process of making free diving an Olympic sport.
She said she thinks that Italy’s Alessia Zecchini is her main rival for a gold Olympic medal.
“I know that I can be the best in the world, and I say that with humility. That’s what I’m training for,” the 24-year-old athlete said, adding that the support of BBVA will be “very important” in that effort and it fills her with “happiness” to become the bank’s ambassador.