Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 24 May 2021 - Molchanovs athletes Nataliia Zharkova of Ukraine, Thibault Guignes of France, Olga Markina of Russia, and Vitomir Maričić of Croatia competed in the 2021 AIDA Freediving World Cup in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Despite being recently ill and dealing with some equalization issues, Olga Markina received two bronze medals for her performance to 70m (230ft) in CWT and a performance to 71m (233ft) in CWTB. She also attempted a dive to 65m (213ft) in FIM, although it led to a surface blackout. “I had some problems with equipment in the competition, which meant we had to postpone the starting time, and I skipped lunch,” said Olga. “I also need to make sure to rest during my rest day, because I didn’t properly rest. It was definitely a lot of lessons to take from this competition.” Olga also received a yellow card for an early turn on the way to a 60m (197ft) FIM dive on the last day of competition.