Scandinavians Triumph In Trio Of Records at AFK Championships

Danish Freediver, Stig Aavall Severinsen, successfully attained a new world record for Dynamic Apnea without the aid of fins with a record setting distance of 166 meters accomplished in a time of 2min 32 seconds.

That same day, countryman Peter Pedersen managed on the same day to set a world record in the Dynamic Apnea with Fins discipline. Using a monofin, he succeeded in swimming 200 meters under water in a time of 2 min 02 seconds.

These two records exceeded by a large margin Herbert Nitsch’s previous attempts for both of these disciplines.

Swedish female freediver, Yamina Enedahl-Mekki, set her sights on the Dynamic Apnea without fins discipline record held by French freediver, Nathalie Desreac of 95 meters. As the last athlete in the round of record attempts she found herself under a great amount of pressure. Forcing herself to maintain focus on her goal, she managed to clear the water with a new world record of 97 meters.

All pending records were supervised by two AIDA level B judges – Luc Wilder from Switzerland and Jean-Pol François from Belgium. AIDA’s procedures, including obligatory doping tests, are now the last hurdle to overcome to ratify these attempts to become official world records.

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Cliff Etzel
Cliff is the former Freediving editor of He is now a freelance journalist and film-maker.

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