Sayuri Kinoshita (centre) at the Free Diving World Championship in 2018. (Photo by Ali Riza Akkir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Japanese free-diving world champion Sayuri Kinoshita has died at the age of 30.
According to police, Kinoshita was killed when she fell from her apartment in the southern island prefecture of Okinawa.
She was reportedly rushed to hospital and placed on life support, but was pronounced dead four days later.
“The injuries she sustained were too extensive to survive,” her sister Sanae wrote on Facebook.
Sayuri Kinoshita (photo credit: Francesca Koe)
“Despite this, her body was so strong that she kept fighting another four days before her heart finally gave up on Japan’s National Ocean Day, the 15th of July.
“She was surrounded by her family and friends.
“It was Sayuri’s wish that her friends and family would be able to enjoy a celebration of her amazing life at a ‘farewell party’ for a bright and enjoyable day, separate from the wake and funeral service.”
Her family said a “farewell party” would be scheduled separate from the wake and funeral service for her friends and family “to enjoy a celebration of her amazing life . . . for a bright and enjoyable day.”
Kinoshita broke the women’s Freediving world record in the Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) discipline at Vertical Blue 2016 with a 72-meter (236-foot) dive, being the first athlete to break any of the long-standing records held by the late Russian freediver, Natalia Molchanova.
At the 2018 Vertical Blue competition, Kinoshita broke the Free Immersion (FIM) women’s world record with a 97-meter (318-foot) dive, as well as making her first Constant Weight (CWT) dive to 100 meters (328 feet), making her only the sixth female freediver to reach that depth in competition.