The Russian freediving powerhouse Alexey Molchanov has just set his latest World Record during the OriginECN Vertical Blue Freediving Competition where he dived to 125m, in a huge 4min 37 sec dive time, to achieve a new Freediving World Record in Free Immersion (FIM) just as a sudden rainstorm hit the competition site.

This is his second world record of the competition and it was set under AIDA International rules.

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The record was under challenge two days ago when Freediving No-Fins (both Constant Weight No-Fins and Free Immersion) specialist – and current World Record holder – William Trubridge (New Zealand) attempted the record but lost his mouthfill early in the dive and aborted his dive.

Molchanov had this to say to DeeperBlue.com about his dive:

“My dive was awesome.  The weather was a little bit disrupting but managed to keep my focus.  I felt tired but I gave it my all”

Molchanov 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.

Alexey Molchanov - OriginECN Vertical Blue - Day 7. Photo by Alex St Jean
Alexey Molchanov – OriginECN Vertical Blue – Day 7. Photo by Alex St Jean
Alexey Molchanov - OriginECN Vertical Blue - Day 7. Photo by Daan Verhoeven
Alexey Molchanov – OriginECN Vertical Blue – Day 7. Photo by Daan Verhoeven

Feature photo by Alex St Jean

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of DeeperBlue.com. 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 DeeperBlue.com. 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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