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Czech freediver sets world record under ice - video

Freediver David Vencl has set a new world record for the distance travelled under ice. The athlete representing our southern neighbours set a world record on the ice. 81 m was enough to beat the result of the previous record holder Stig Severinsen (76 metres). An important detail worth mentioning is the fact that in
Published: February 24, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 22:03
Czech freediver sets world record under ice – video

Freediver David Vencl has set a new world record for the distance travelled under ice.

The athlete representing our southern neighbours set a world record on the ice. 81 m was enough to beat the result of the previous record holder Stig Severinsen (76 metres). An important detail worth mentioning is the fact that in this discipline a freediver can only wear a swimming suit.

Considering the conditions that day, we can only guess that the task was not the simplest one. The negative air temperature and the water temperature of only 3°C did not make it easy to spend about 1.5 minutes under the ice.

Initially, the attempt was to take place in Austria. Diving in a glacial lake located in picturesque surroundings would have certainly added some charm to the whole feat. Unfortunately, it did not work out due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the whole event had to be moved to a flooded quarry in Lahost. This body of water located about 100 km north-west of Prague became the arena where the world ice record was set.

Photo: youtube screenshot

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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