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Alexey Molchanov has set a new World Record in Deep Freediving with a Monofin to 125 meters

On June 6th, 2012 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Alexey Molchanov became the deepest man in a competitive freediving discipline with a successful dive to 125 meters (410 feet), performed on just one breath. The total dive time was three minutes and fifty two seconds. Austrian, Herbert Nitcsh, held the previous world record of 124 meters for the last two years.

Alexey’s dive was 30 seconds longer than any of his training dives to similar depths and this can be attributed to the effects of nitrogen narcosis caused by such deep diving. When interviewed Mr. Molchanov said that “ten seconds after surfacing and performing the required protocol, I needed to focus hard to keep control over my low oxygen levels and I succeeded. I am happy with this dive and the record. I am very thankful for having such a wonderful team of divers here supporting me”.

Alexey has been training for this world record attempt in the Red Sea, at the Only One Apnea Center in Sharm El Sheikh since May 21, 2012. Today’s spectacular dive in the competitive freediving discipline of constant weight training was testament to Alexey’s hard work and dedication to the sport. Alexey has been freediving for eight years and is the son of freediving legend Natalia Molchanova. Together Alexey and Natalia have trained over 3000 students in freediving technique and safety.

The International Association for the Development of Freediving, AIDA, is the international sanctioning body for freediving, individual and team competitions, and freediving world record attempts. For more information about AIDA please visit www.aidainternational.org

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