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Alexei Molchanov sets new freediving world record

Alexei Molchanov has set a new world record in freediving under ice. The Russian dived to a depth of 80m in the waters of Lake Baikal. The athlete from Russia ranks among the world leaders in men’s freediving. He made his attempt on 14 March, in the freezing and extremely beautiful waters of the Siberian
Published: March 17, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 22:08
Alexei Molchanov sets new freediving world record

Alexei Molchanov has set a new world record in freediving under ice. The Russian dived to a depth of 80m in the waters of Lake Baikal.

The athlete from Russia ranks among the world leaders in men’s freediving. He made his attempt on 14 March, in the freezing and extremely beautiful waters of the Siberian Lake Baikal. Although the water temperature was only 3°C that day, it could not stop Alexei Molchanov on his way to another world record.

Molchanov burrows record freediving under ice
A happy Alexei Molchanov after setting the record photo by Danil Kolodin

I would like to dedicate my new record to this amazing place where we are now. Baikal is a unique body of water and a true phenomenon created by nature, a living organism that we must preserve for future generations,” said Alexei Molchanov

Lake Baikal is the largest and deepest freshwater body of water in the world. Unfortunately, for many years it has been negatively affected by heavy tourist traffic. Fires in the surrounding forests and increased algae growth are also problems. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that people who are involved with water on a daily basis are trying to help.

Galорячеее видео с Байкала!!!
Алексей Молчанов установил рекорд Гиннеса по подледному погружению!

Posted by Андрей Сидоров on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Alexei Molchanov’s sporting achievements include 14 world championship titles in freediving and 20 world records. He is also the son of the tragically deceased Russian freediver Natalia Molchanova. A true legend of this discipline, who, due to her sporting dominance, was called the Tsarina of freediving.

Alexei Molchanov poses after setting a record
As you can see, low temperatures are not a problem with a well-fitting wetsuit photo by Danil Kolodin

It is worth noting that within just two weeks Russians have already set three new Guinness records in freediving under ice. Before Mulyanov, the following athletes presented themselves with a great performance Ekaterina Nekrasova and Maria Olshevskayawho respectively set their world records in the DNF and STA events.

2021 is just getting started and who knows what else will happen? Let’s hope that many world records and great results await us in the coming months. We are also looking forward to the return to competition of Polish freedivers, for whom we are keeping our fingers crossed.

Photo: Danil Kolodin

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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