“At 5:26pm on Sunday, May 06 2001 Tanya Streeter set her 5th Freediving World Record 2 miles off the coast of Pigeon, near Bouillante in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Using only the strength of her arms and wearing 3mm 2-piece wetsuit and a nose-plug, Tanya pulled herself down a rope to a depth of 70m/230ft in a time of 1 minute 16 seconds, grabbed the verification tag and pulled herself back to the surface in a total roundtrip time of 2 minutes and 28 seconds. With this dive she set a new world record in the Salt Water Free Immersion Category and beat the previous record held by Deborah Andollo of Cuba for 6 years by an astounding 10m/33ft. She also put herself within 3m/10ft of the current men’s world record in the same discipline.
The dive was officiated by 2 representatives of Freediving’s international governing body, AIDA (International Association for the Development of Apnea) who verified that it was carried out in strict accordance with the regulations. A team of safety scuba divers were placed at 70m/230ft, 50m/164ft and 30m/98ft, and there were 2 safety freedivers who awaited Tanya at 25m/82ft at 10m/33ft.
Tanya was also the first athlete in the history of this growing sport to undergo a doping test for her performance, in accordance with the International Olympic Committee’s statutes.”
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