The Japanese ladies continue to dominate at the OriginECN Vertical Blue Freediving Competition, this time it’s the turn of Hanako Hirose to break the Constant Weight (CWT) World Record, by diving to 106m.  The record was set under AIDA International rules.

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In a breathtaking dive where she looked to be struggling with equalization during the early part of the descent, however seemingly pushed through and reached the bottom.  On the ascent, she seemed to slow to almost a crawl in the last 25m and at certain points, it looked certain that she would have to be assisted by the safety divers.  However, she completed the surface protocol successfully for a white card and cheers from the crowds.

The depth means that Hanako is the sole holder of the World Record after earlier in the week Alenka Artnik (Slovenia) successfully dived to equal the world record that Alessia Zecchini (Italy) had set earlier in the year.

The athlete 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, however as we have seen in this competition there is always a chance the video review will throw up a reason for the judges to reconsider the dive.

Sayuri Kinoshita - OriginECN Vertical Blue - Day 8. Photo by Alex St Jean
Sayuri Kinoshita – OriginECN Vertical Blue – Day 8. 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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