Saturday, April 20, 2024

Vertical Blue 2022: Day 8 – Bi-Fins Continental Record Battles

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One continental record and six other national records fell on the penultimate day of the Vertical Blue 2022 freediving competition at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas.

Yun-Chieh Ku’s Continental Record

Taiwan’s Yun-Chieh Ku snatched back the men’s Continental record in the Constant Weight Bi-fins (CWTB) discipline (set by China’s Potti Lau on Day 6) with a 96m/315ft dive, while Ku’s countryman Michael Zhi-Da Ko earlier that day had set a national record with a 92m/302ft dive.

National Records Continue To Fall

Elsewhere on the men’s side, Italy’s Davide Carrera dove to 123m/403.5ft, and Spain’s Alfredo Roen swam down to 106m/348ft for national records in the Constant Weight with Monofin (CWT) discipline. Additionally, Matthieu Duvault set a Canadian national record with a CWTB dive to 85m/279ft.

As for the women, South Korea’s Jung A Kim extended her 95m/312ft national CWT record set earlier in the competition by diving to 98m/321.5ft, and Spain’s Isabel Sanchez-Aran set a national Free Immersion (FIM) record with a 79m/259ft dive.

Daily Challenges

As with every day at the competition, not every dive bore fruit.

Hungary’s Fatima Korok was gunning for a women’s 100m/328ft FIM national record but drew a yellow card for a tag infraction. Belgium’s Marine Simonis sought a 63m/207ft women’s national Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) record but drew a yellow card for turning back at 37m/121ft. And Colombia’s John Munoz had declared a 93m/305ft FIM dive but didn’t start.

Full Day 8 Results and Day 9 Start List

Check out the full results from Vertical Blue Day 8 and the final day of competition start list below.

Vertical Blue 2022 Day 8 Results
Vertical Blue 2022 Day 8 Results
Vertical Blue 2022 Day 9 Start List
Vertical Blue 2022 Day 9 Start List

Photos of Day 8

You can check out our gallery of photos courtesy of Daan Verhoeven below.

Vertical Blue 2022 Coverage

If you want to find out the highlights and details from every day of the competition, then check back with DeeperBlue.com as our team provides daily updates and wrap up’s throughout the competition. You should also keep an eye out on our socials for highlights from the competition.

We’ve covered every year of the competition since 2008, so you can check out this year’s coverage and all previous years in our Vertical Blue archive.

Vertical Blue is always an exciting event to watch, so stay tuned to DeeperBlue.com and our social media feeds for updates, and sign up for the live feed from Diveye on the Vertical Blue website to watch in real-time.

DeeperBlue.com - Vertical Blue 2022 Coverage
DeeperBlue.com – Vertical Blue 2022 Coverage

Feature Photo by Daan Verhoeven

With on-site reporting from Francesca Koe and additional reporting by Stephan Whelan.

John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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