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Vertical Blue 2018 - 10 world records and 42 national records!

The 2018 Vertical Blue competition, dubbed the freediving Wimbledon, has come to an end. During this year’s competition, held traditionally in Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, competitors set 10 new world records and as many as 42 national records! After an exciting 9 days of competition, it is time to sum up the results.
Published: July 28, 2018 - 17:20
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:05
Vertical Blue 2018 – 10 world records and 42 national records!

The 2018 Vertical Blue competition, dubbed the freediving Wimbledon, has come to an end. During this year’s competition, held traditionally in Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, competitors set 10 new world records and as many as 42 national records! After an exciting 9 days of competition, it is time to sum up the results.

Among the men, Alexei Molchanov won the entire competition for the second time in a row. The Russian won two out of three competitions and was second once, this allowed him to gain almost 10 points advantage over the second William Trubridg from New Zealand – two second places and victory in the CNF competition. On the lowest step of the podium was Italian Lobster Leuci.

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In turn, the competition among women was no less fierce. In the end, the first place went to Italian Alessia Zecchini, who, like Molchanov, won two competitions and was second once. Second place went to Japanese Seyuri Kinoshita, who won one competition, came second and fourth, and the podium was completed by Slovenian Alenka Artnik – once in third place and twice in fourth place.

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Interestingly, Molchanov and Zecchini’s results in the general classification differed by just 0.05 points!

List of world records set during Vertical Blue 2018

  • Alexey Molchanov CWT – 130 m
  • Alessia Zecchini FIM – 93 m
  • Alenka Artnik CWT – 105 m
  • Alessia Zecchini CNF – 73 m
  • Sayuri Kinoshita FIM – 94 m
  • Alexey Molchanov FIM – 125 m
  • Alessia Zecchini FIM – 96 m
  • Hanako Hirose CWT – 106 m
  • Sayuri Kinoshita FIM – 97 m
  • Alessia Zecchini CWT – 107 m

Source: verticalblue.net

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