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Video: 4th Day of Vertical Blue: The Most Significant Day in the History of Freediving


July 17, 2021, will undoubtedly go down in history as the most significant day in the sport of freediving.

On day 4 of the international Vertical Blue 2021 competition an astounding four world records were set, nearly back to back, by two women and two men. Of magnitude was the dive offered by Alenka Artnik of Slovenia who broke yet another glass ceiling for women when she successfully dove to 120m Constant Weight (CWT) in a dive time of 3mins 28secs. No other woman has ever dived this deep, on her own propulsion, and now Alenka ranks among the top five deepest humans in this discipline, even with the men.

The deepest dive of the day was completed by Alexey Molchanov of Russia who smashed out an unimaginable dive to 131m CWT. The Russian has enjoyed absolute dominance in the comp and seems to have no competition in the CWT discipline.

Adding to his own world record count at Vertical Blue was the 25-year-old Frenchman Arnaud Jerald who dove to 117m in Constant Weight Bi-Fins (CWTBF).

And the last world record of the day belonged to the indomitable Italian siren, Alessia Zecchini, who made 101 Free Immersion (FIM) look easy.

The competition has five more days of competition so stay tuned.

You can read the full results and coverage on here or watch the video of Alexey Molchanov’s monster 131m Constant Weight (CWT) dive below or on YouTube.

Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of 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 and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.