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Another World Record Claimed By Freediver

Another World record has been set in the Vertical Blue 2010 freediving competition by William Trubridge who dove to 95metres in the CNF (constant weight, no fins discipline) adding a extra 3 metres onto his own previous best. William Winram of Canada and Herbert Nitsch of Austria also made CNF world record attempts but it was only Trubridge that triumphed and completed his entire dive in 3 minutes 56 seconds at the Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas. Propulsion equipment is not permitted in the CNF, so things like fins are not allowed; participants must use their pure muscle strength to reach a metal plate which is lowered to the announced depth where they retrieve a Velcro tag. The depth is checked by a Suunto D4 dive computer. 29 year-old Trubridge took seven breaststrokes to descend to the 24 metre mark. At this depth his lungs are compressed so much so that his body is heavier than water and he enters the free-fall phase and sinks all the way to 95 metres. He retrieved the Velcro tag and turned after 1 minute 53 seconds and took a further 2 minutes 3 seconds and another 30 breaststrokes to make his way to the surface where he could here cheers from other athletes, friends and spectators. Trubridge holds 11 freediving records in total and this is his eighth in the CNF. This dive has also meant that Trubridge is at the top of the table in the Suunto Dive-Off competition – a competition designed to determine the best all-round freediver. Participants are awarded points depending on the ratio of their best performance in comparison to the best dive in the event. The athlete who acquires the most points at the end of the competition is crowned the Suunto Dive-Off champion. The Vertical Blue finished on April 27 where 3 world and 7 national record attempts were announced by 10 out of the 15 participating athletes. Since the beginning of the competition on the 17 April, 19 national and 6 world records have been set.
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