Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Alexey Molchanov Adds Another World Record To His Mantel At Vertical Blue 2021


Russia’s Alexey Molchanov added another world record to his list of achievements on Day 8 of the 2021 Vertical Blue freediving competition at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas.

Molchanov dove to 118m/387ft in 4mins 38secs to set a new men’s Constant Weight with Bi-fins (CWTBF) world record.

Alexey Molchanove CWTBF World Record on Day 8 of Vertical Blue 2021 (Image credit: Daan Verhoeven)
Alexey Molchanov CWTBF World Record on Day 8 of Vertical Blue 2021 (Image credit: Daan Verhoeven)

On the national side, the USA’s Lance Davis set a men’s Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) national record with a 74m/243ft dive in 2mins 40secs, while Mexico’s Alejandro Lemus bested his 104m/341ft national Constant Weight (CWT) record on Day 6 with a 107m/351ft dive in 3mins 10secs.

For the women, Turkey’s Sahika Ercumen racked up another national record — in addition to her 77m/253ft Free Immersion (FIM) dive on Day 3 and her 90m/295ft CWT dive on Day 4 — with a Day 8 CNF dive to 54m/177ft in 2mins 37secs.

Check out the full Day 8 results below.

2021 Vertical Blue Day 8 Results
2021 Vertical Blue Day 8 Results

As for the final day of the competition, Molchanov will be looking to best his men’s CWTBF World Record with a 120m/394ft dive, while on the women’s side Italy’s Alessia Zecchini will be attempting an FIM World Record dive to 102m/335ft.

With 12 world records set already, this has been an amazing competition and is set to end as impressively as it started.

Check out the full start list below.

2021 Vertical Blue Day 9 Start List
2021 Vertical Blue Day 9 Start List

Featured Image courtesy of Daan Verhoeven.

Additional reporting by Stephan Whelan

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.