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Alenka Artnik Sets New Freediving World Record

Slovenian freediver Alenka Artnik set a new women’s world record this week in the Constant Weight with bi-fins discipline at the Asian Freediving Cup competition in Panglao, Philippines.

Artnik dove to 92 meters (305 feet) on June 11, the final day of the three-day, AIDA-sanctioned event. The record will be official once her doping test clears.

Her world-record feat was two meters deeper than the dive she made a couple days earlier at the same event, which at the time was also a record.

This is what Artnik had to say about setting a new world record:

“I was specifically training for this world record attempt the last two months with Freedive Panglao. Trainings were going really well and I felt ready. But as everyone around me knew I was attempting the new bi-fin world record I could feel the pressure which prevented me from a good sleep the night before my first competition day. In the morning I felt tired and my confidence was weaken but just until I came to the warm up line. I knew my physical condition was not optimal that day so I had to compensate with my mind and maximum relaxation. Finally I managed to put myself in the right mind set and made a nice dive with strong and clean protocol. After my 90m dive I had one day to rest and get ready for my next dive which was 92m. As I was very excited and happy but also busy giving interviews with media, I had a very short night and bad sleep again. Instead of feeling relieved as I already managed a world record dive, I felt stressed again. However, as I was showing really good physical shape during my preparation I knew I could repeat the dive. This time I could manage relax even better and had a perfect control until the end of the dive. It felt even easier with definitely more margin to go.”

Alenka Artnik
Alenka Artnik
John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at 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.