Petite but power-packed, Japanese freediver Hanako Hirose set a new national record today in the pool discipline of static apnea at the True North Static Olympics competition. Successfully completing a record setting breath-hold of an amazing six minutes and :48 seconds (on 12/23/2015) the mighty Hanako smashes her own Japanese record, previously set in 2012, at six minutes and :32 seconds. An exuberant Hirose had this to say:
“It’s been three years in Japan working towards this record, and I am really happy! Thank you to everyone who has supported me especially Tetsuya Yamamoto my coach — thank you very much!”
All photos courtesy of Daan Verhoeven.