The World Records keeps falling at Deans Blue Hole in the Bahamas and the OriginECN Vertical Blue Freediving Competition where Italian freediver Alessia Zecchini has just set a new Freediving World Record of 73m in Constant Weight No-Fins (CNF).  The record was set under AIDA International rules.

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This extends the current world record of 72m, held by Sayuri Kinoshita (Japan), who set it during the Vertical Blue competition in 2016.

Constant Weight No-Fins (CNF) is a particularly difficult discipline freedivers only use muscle strength to propel them downwards and back up again, without using any lines for assistance, wearing a wetsuit and perhaps a small amount of weight.

Zecchini had this to say to

“For me, it was quite a hard day but wanted to do my best for the memory of Steve (Keenan). I did a great dive but a lot slower, 15 seconds slower. I was quite sure I could do it.  I had a bit more hypoxia than in training but it felt good, and I’m very happy to have this depth world record.”

The dive was dedicated to the memory of Stephen Keenan, the lead safety diver for many competitions including Vertical Blue, who died last year whilst on a training dive with Zecchini.

Zecchini will now go through WADA Anti-Doping tests and all footage will be reviewed by the judges later today.  Once both those things are completed the record will be made officially announced and as we have seen from yesterday World Records can be overturned once the camera footage is reviewed.

Alessia Zecchini CNF World Record 73m. Photo by Daan Verhoeven
Alessia Zecchini CNF World Record 73m. Photo by Daan Verhoeven

Photos by Daan Verhoeven

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

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