Thursday, July 22, 2021

Alenka Artnik Keeps Diving Deeper At Vertical Blue 2021

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When it comes to smashing freediving world records, Slovenia’s Alenka Artnik has been the Energizer Bunny this past week.

On Day 7 of the Vertical Blue 2021 freediving competition at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, Artnik set a new Constant Weight (CWT) women’s world record with her 122m/400ft dive in 3mins 34secs.

Alenka Artnik at Vertical Blue 2021 (Image credit-Daan Verhoeven)
Alenka Artnik at Vertical Blue 2021 (Image credit-Daan Verhoeven)

It was the third world record in the CWT discipline that Artnik set during this competition, where she dove to 118m/387ft on Day 1 and 120m/394ft on Day 4.

Alenka Artnik at Vertical Blue 2021 (Image credit-Daan Verhoeven)
Alenka Artnik at Vertical Blue 2021 (Image credit-Daan Verhoeven)

Day 7 was also a banner day for women breaking national records.

Italy’s Alessia Zecchini set a national CWT record with her 117m/384ft dive in 3mins 25secs. South Korea’s Jung A Kim bested her Day 4 national Constant Weight with Bifins (CWTBF) record with an 86m/282ft dive in 3mins 26secs.

Turkey’s Birgul Erken, who on Day 2 set a national Free Immersion (FIM) record with a 74m/243ft dive in 3mins flat, bested that feat on Day 7 with a 78m/230ft dive in 3mins 25secs.

South Africa’s Talya Davidoff bested her Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) record set on Day 5 with a 48m/131ft dive in 2mins 10 secs.

On the men’s side, Chile’s Simon Bennett set a national CWTBF record with his 71m/233ft dive in 2mins 48secs.

Check out the full results below.

2021 Vertical Blue Day 7 Results
2021 Vertical Blue Day 7 Results

The start list for Day 8 sees ten National Record attempts and another World Record attempt by Russian powerhouse Alexey Molchanov.  The full start list is below:

Vertical Blue 2021 Day 8 Start List
Vertical Blue 2021 Day 8 Start List

Featured Image courtesy of Daan Verhoeven.

Additional reporting by Stephan Whelan

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John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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