Saturday, April 20, 2024

Alexey Molchanov Sets New AIDA Freediving Variable Weight World Record — Twice

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Russian freediver Alexey Molchanov set two new world records in the Variable Weight (VWT) discipline this past weekend.

Molchanov, who dove down with a weighted sled and swam back up with a monofin, set the records under AIDA rules at the BonAbyss 2023 event in Bonaire hosted by Blue Classroom.

His first dive was down to 153m/501ft on Saturday, and on March 28th he dove to 156m/511ft.

In an Instagram post, Molchanov wrote:

“Both nitrogen narcosis and ocean pressure was strong, it took quite a lot of mental preparation to compensate for it.”

He beat Tunisian Walid Boudhiaf’s record of 150m/492ft set in 2021.

In addition to the world record, Eric Van Riet Paap broke the Dutch national record with a 93m/305ft dive and Brandon Best set a new US record with a 52m/170ft dive.

(Featured Image via Petra Oberucova/Facebook)

John Liang
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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