Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Video: Alexey Molchanov Achieves His Third World Record during Vertical Blue 2021


On the penultimate day of Vertical Blue 2021, Alexey Molchanov did it again. That is, he singlehandedly nabbed his third world record of the competition with a Constant Weight Bi-Fins (CWTBF) dive to 118m in a dive time of 4mins 38secs. What is so astonishing about this incredible achievement is not only that he went so deep and stayed so long but that after a week+ of diving that he was so fresh. Moreover, this was the third World Record garnered by Molchanov, as he set one on the very first day in Free Immersion (FIM) and again on the 4th day in Constant Weight (CWT) to 131m – each of these dives more fantastic than the next and when you add them up cumulatively in one competition it becomes simply superhuman.

I am very happy to have been able to take the bi-fins record deeper, and to do so in the fins that bear my name,” said Alexey. “I want to fine tune some things to make the descent more streamlined, and to quicken the rate of my descent but I know what to adjust and I will.”

Ever the perfectionist Molchanov is always looking for even more efficiencies in his performances.

You can watch the video of Alexey’s 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.