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2012 World Spearfishing Championships

The World Spearfishing Championships in Vigo, Spain, ended on July 8th after a four day gathering that featured two days of socializing and meetings followed by two days of competition. The 5th was occupied by the event’s inauguration, team meetings and a dinner. The second day was consumed with captain’s meetings and other social functions. Spearos from 26 countries participated in the championships for the World Underwater Federation event. World titles were awarded to the teams and individuals that speared the heaviest and largest quantity of fish from the eligible species, including grouper, wrasse, moray eel and others.

The diving itself began in earnest on the 7th from 10:00 a.m. local time to 3:00 p.m. The same schedule was held on Sunday, the final day of the championships. Reports said that the sea conditions were brutal. It was moving fast, and it was unpredictable with conditions changing from good to bad in mere minutes. When the winds switched from the southeast to the northeast, visibility and water temperature changed too. Visibility was reported at 20 to 30 feet, but it also diminished to 2 to 3 feet. This led to a difficult time for teams that were used to better waters and a longer shooting range, which required shorter, smaller guns for the closer proximity action. Water temperature during the event was about 60 degrees Fahrenheit, but in deeper waters it was far chillier. There were plenty of fish in the rocky shallows, but larger ones lurked below the 30-feet level.

The official results are finally available. Spain was the grand champion of the challenging competition. Portugal took second place, and third place was won by Croatia. The team from the United States finished in the 13th position citing a difficulty to acclimate to the the murky, colder, rougher seas. Jody Lot of Portugal won the individual honors. The highest U.S. finisher was Miguel Guinovart, who took 31st place out of 70 divers.

The next championships will be held in Helsinki, Finland, whose brackish waters should make for another challenging competition, especially for spearos who are used to warmer, clearer waters.

Here are the team results by country and the top 25 individual finishers:

Results by Country


1. Spain                        435.66
2. Portugal                    432.48
3. Croatia                      400.10
4. Italy                          391.07
5. Ukraine                      373.97
6. Greece                       352.48
7. Chile                          311.85
8. Algeria                       264.28
9. Slovenia                     243.15
10. Tahiti                       226.60
11. Turkey                     224.66
12. Great Britain            214.28
13. USA                        178.32
14. Peru                        177.81
15. Brazil                      160.08
16. Russia                     136.18
17. Finland                    135.23
18. San Marino              124.28
19. Norway                     76.13

2012 World Spearfishing Championships  VIGO


PLACE #     DIVER                                    COUNTRY                1%             2%               %FINAL

1               LOT, JODY                               PORTUGAL             100             96.89             196.89

2               LINARES, ANTONIO                  SPAIN                    83.85          88.7              172.55

3               GOSPIC, DANIEL                      CROATIA                93.58          70.86            164.44

4               ANDRII, LAGUTIN                     UKRAIN                 53.74           100              153.74

5               SETTMI, ANDREA                      ITALY                    78.23           64.71           142.93

6               LOPEZ CID, SANTI                    SPAIN                    59.45           76.79           136.24

7               PARREIRA, SILVA                     PORTUGAL              43.9             90.62            134.52

8               DE SILVESTRI, BRUNO              ITALY                     54.22           78.61           132.83

9               GINKOS, EMAMANOUIL             GREECE                  58.35           71.27           129.62

10             HERAS, JAIME                          SPAIN                     42.49           84.39           126.88

11             JAKUPOVITZ, RADOSLAV          CROATIA                  35.7             89.54          125.23

12             BOSQUEZ, FRANCO M               CHILE                      49.08            73.14          122.22

13             ROBERT, PORGORSEK               SLOVENIA                70.12            47.08          117.21

14             OLEXANDRE, GALAKTIONOV      UKRAINE                  39.54             77.01             116.54

15             VAIHOARII, TAEATUA                TAHITÍ                     53.13             63.2             116.34

16             FELICE, CONCETTO                   ITALY                       58.19             57.11             115.3

17             RODRÍGUEZ, JORGE A               CHILE                      48.42             66.74             115.16

18             MAKRIS, KONSTANTINOS           GREECE                  40.55             73.1             113.64

19             DALY, KEVIN GRAN                    U.K.                        30.11             81.48             111.59

20            TASDIBI, HUSYIN                       TURKEY                   48.8               61.99             110.78

21            MARINOV, DARIO                       CROATIA                 48.46             61.96             110.42

22            BARSAKIS, DIMITRIOS               GREECE                   25.47             83.74             109.21

23            ROMAN, FEDASH                        UKRAIN                   35.01             68.67             103.68

24            MOHAMED, IKHLEF                     ARGELIA                  31.3             71.49             102.79

25            TORRES, RUI                             PORTUGAL               31.99             69.08             101.07



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