Friday, May 24, 2024

Vertical Blue 2023 Day 4: More National Records Fall

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Act II of Vertical Blue in the Bahamas kicked off yesterday with 20 athletes announcing performances, including 3 National Records.

Vertical Blue 2023: Day 4 - Alice Modolo of France
Vertical Blue 2023: Day 4 – Alice Modolo of France

Three National Records Set

Three more national records were set today, four of them by women.

  • Taiwan’s Wen Hsiang Huang dove a Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) National Record of 71m/233ft.
  • USA’s Tory George completed a Free Immersion (FIM) dive to 107m/351ft.
  • Uruguay’s Vanessa Estol set a National Record in Constant Weight (CWT) with a dive to 56m/184ft.
Vertical Blue 2023: Day 4 - Alice Modolo of France
Vertical Blue 2023: Day 4 – Alice Modolo of France

Doping Protocols

After the controversy surrounding the Croatian Athletes banned from Vertical Blue for alleged possession of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), we understand that doping tests are being stepped up across all athletes.

According to people familiar with the matter, all athletes were asked to complete a doping pee test on Day 3 of Act 1.  We understand all athletes tested have had clear results.  It is unclear if this is being rolled out for every day of the competition.

Check out the full results below and the video replay of all the day’s dives.

Vertical Blue 2023: Day 4 Results
Vertical Blue 2023: Day 4 Results
Vertical Blue 2023 by Garmin - Day 4

Photos Courtesy of Daan Verhoeven.  Additional Reporting by Francesca Koe in the Bahamas

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 has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.

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