Monday, September 21, 2020

OriginECN Vertical Blue 2018 – Day 1 Results & Photos

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After a strong kick off on Monday, OriginECN Vertical Blue will continue today with 26 athletes taking to the waters of Deans Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas to compete for glory.  Athletes seem to be more conservative today and only 3 National Records are in play.

OriginECN Vertical Blue 2018 - Start List Day 2
OriginECN Vertical Blue 2018 – Start List Day 2

Yesterday saw 5 successful National Record attempts out of 7:

  • Adam Stern (Australia) with 94m Free Immersion (FIM)
  • Alex Davis (Barbados) with 81m Free Immersion (FIM)
  • Homar Leuci (Italy) with 116m Constant Weight (CWT)
  • Alenka Artnik (Slovenia) with 104m Constant Weight (CWT)
  • Andriy Khvetkevych (Ukraine) with 66m Constant Weight No Fins (CNF)

The World Record attempt by Jessea Lu (China) in Free Immersion (FIM) was not successful after she got tangled on the bottom plate which cost her precious seconds and the attempt ended with a Disqualification for Blackout (DQBO).

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You can see the full results below (click to enlarge):

OriginECN Vertical Blue 2018 - Results Day 1
OriginECN Vertical Blue 2018 – Results Day 1

Two onsite photographers – Daan Verhoeven and Alex St-Jean – are capturing the action and the diving looks epic!  Check out some of the action from Day 1 below (click to see them in full screen):

The competition will be live-streamed by the underwater drone Diveye and broadcast via the Vertical Blue Facebook Page and across social media with the hashtag #VB2018.

Stay tuned to DeeperBlue.com as we bring you coverage from the event.

Feature photo by Daan Verhoeven

Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelanhttps://www.deeperblue.com
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 lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up DeeperBlue.com and helped grow the site to be one of the largest diving websites around today.

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