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Two world records for Alessi Zecchini! - video

The Vertica Blue freediving competition, currently taking place in the Bachama Islands, is full of more phenomenal performances and world records! After Alexei Molchanov’s 130m CWT, two more world records – FIM and CNF – were set by Alessia Zecchini. A great performance was also given by Alenka Artnik, who equalled the world record in
Published: July 23, 2018 - 12:58
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:04
Two world records for Alessi Zecchini! – video

The Vertica Blue freediving competition, currently taking place in the Bachama Islands, is full of more phenomenal performances and world records! After Alexei Molchanov’s 130m CWT, two more world records – FIM and CNF – were set by Alessia Zecchini. A great performance was also given by Alenka Artnik, who equalled the world record in the CWT competition!

Italian freediver Alessia Zecchini will certainly have fond memories of the 10th edition of Vertical Blue. First, on July 20, she performed magnificently in the Free Immersion – FIM competition and, with a score of 93 metres, took the win and improved by one metre the previous world record held by Dutchwoman Jeanine Grasmeijer, who set it during the Deepsea Challenge held on the island of Bonaire in 2016.

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In turn, on 23 July, in the competition with fixed weight without fins – CNF, she reached a depth of 73 metres, and to win the competition, she added another world record. This time she improved by one metre the achievement of Japan’s Sayuri Kinoshita, from the Vertical Blue competition held in 2016.

During the dives in the CNF competition, the competitors can only rely on their own muscle power and a small load. The lack of fins and a rope which can be used to descend to the desired depth and speed up the ascent makes it one of the most difficult freediving competitions.

During this year’s Vertica Blue competition, Alenka Artnik coming from Slovenia and Japanese Hanako Hirose also had their great moment. Both ladies in the constant weighted fin competition – CWT, dived to a depth of 105 metres and equalled the current world record… Alessi Zecchini!

Unfortunately, on the video recording, the judges found fault with Hanako Hirose’s attempt – pulling herself up on the rope outside the permitted area – and she was disqualified. So the new world record will be shared by Zecchini and Artnik from now on.

The entire competition follows the rules laid down by AIDA International.

Source: verticalblue.net
Photo: DaanVerhoeven

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