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Del Duca Breaks Pan-American Freediving Record

The Olmeca Open Apnea Veracruz 2013 freediving competition was held this past weekend in Mexico City. Organized by AIDA Mexico & Alejandro Lemus, the pool event was very successful for everyone involved but in particular for Venezuelan freediver Antonio Del Duca. Antonio put forward two record-setting performances at the Olmeca Open, on the first day in the discipline of no-fins (DNF) swimming 156m to take the national Venezuelan title as well as top honors for all of South America. Then Del Duca cemented his champion status by delivering a clean Dynamic (DYN) dive of 221 meters to break the Pan-American record (previously held by Carlos Coste). “I‘m very happy to represent Venezuela well!” said Antonio in an interview after his accomplishments, “with age and time, you begin to realize that you can add a meter or two on each performance. My next goal is now 200m with-out fins.

Also having a good weekend was Alejandro Lemus, who in addition to organizing the pool competition managed to set two national records for Mexico. A no-fins swim to 133m this past Saturday helped Lemus take the no-fins record back from fellow Mexican champion Alfredo Romo Hernandez who had just set it at 120m earlier this month. And as for the title in dynamic Alejandro simply improved upon his own personal best swim and previous record of 172m by completing a clean performance of 192m DYN on Sunday.

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Photo of Antonio Del Duca courtesy of Antonia Del Duca.

Francesca Koe
Francesca Koe
An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.