On the final day of battle at the OriginECN Vertical Blue Freediving Competition, Sayuri Kinoshita of Japan has been crowned Free Immersion (FIM) World Record holder after a tense battle over the last 11 days with Alessia Zecchini (Italy).

Kinoshita today secured the final say at the competition as she successfully dived 97m in 3min 56secs to claim the World Record.

The record has passed between Zecchini and Kinoshita several times over the course of the competition in this epic battle of the female titans.  Yesterday Zecchini put a clear 2 meters on the record in a bid to claim the record definitively for this competition, however, it’s clear Kinoshita wanted the final say.

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The athlete will now go through WADA Anti-Doping tests to allow the record to be made official.

Sayuri Kinoshita - OriginECN Vertical Blue - Day 9. Photo by Alex St Jean
Sayuri Kinoshita – OriginECN Vertical Blue – Day 9. Photo by Alex St Jean
Sayuri Kinoshita - OriginECN Vertical Blue - Day 9. Photo by Alex St Jean
Sayuri Kinoshita – OriginECN Vertical Blue – Day 9. Photo by Alex St Jean

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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