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Third day of the Vertical Blue 2021 competition and more world records!

Listen to this article The third day of competition at Vertical Blue 2021 was full of emotions. It also abounded with great results and a number of national and world records. Taking place in the Bahamas The prestigious Vertical Blue 2021 freediving competitionBahamas, provided an opportunity for a series of world records to be broken.
Published: July 18, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 22:58
Third day of the Vertical Blue 2021 competition and more world records!
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The third day of competition at Vertical Blue 2021 was full of emotions. It also abounded with great results and a number of national and world records.

Taking place in the Bahamas The prestigious Vertical Blue 2021 freediving competitionBahamas, provided an opportunity for a series of world records to be broken. Both ladies and gentlemen presented fantastic form, which translated into great results.

Women’s competition

Once again a very good dive was enjoyed by Italian athlete Alessi Zecchini. Diving to a depth of 74m, she set a new CMAS world record in the constant weight without fins(CNF) competition. In doing so, she improved her previous world record by one metre.

Alessia dedicated her new record to the memory of Japanese athlete Sayuri Kinoshita, who died in a tragic accident on 15 July 2019. It is worth mentioning on this occasion that during Vertical Blue 2018, Zecchini set her first AIDA world record of 73m in the CNF. She then beat the 72m result set by Sayuri Kinoshita in 2016, bettering the achievement of the legendary Natalia Molchanova in 2015.

Men’s competition

Among the men, Alexei Molchanov once again flashed his fantastic form. The Russian dived to a depth of 87m during the competition in the competition with fixed weight without fins (CNF). This result allowed him to set a new CMAS world record and add a 22nd world record to his sporting CV.

AlthoughAlexei Molchanov beat his previous CMAS world record by 2m, his career-best CNF competition score is a staggering 97m. In turn, the absolute record holder is William Trubridge, who in 2016 set AIDA world record of an amazing 102m!

Tiredness takes its toll

The third day of competition during the Vertical Blue 2021 event also featured a record number of cards. As many as 12 out of 26 dives ended with a yellow or red card. This was undoubtedly influenced by the strong start during the earlier competitions and the associated fatigue. Also on this day, four attempts ended in a blackout.

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Julia
My love for scuba diving started as a 12-year-old in the Canary Islands, at which time I took my first Open Water Diver course. This love for the blue turned into a huge passion that accompanies me to this day. Although blue is hard to come by in the Baltic, no conditions are terrible for me. In this sport, I find peace, patience, courage, focus, and balance. I have recently started to engage in underwater modeling and I am fulfilled with this.
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