July 25, 2014
A 37-year-old British woman has set a new world record in freediving with a 314-foot ocean plunge on a single breath.
Sara Campbell completed the dive in three minutes, 34 seconds in the Vertical Blue competition Thursday off Long Island in the Bahamas.
Campbell was competing in the constant weight discipline, which
requires athletes to descend and surface using only the power of
their body and a large fin attached to their feet.
The record was certified by Grant Graves, a judge from the International Association for the Development of Apnea, which oversees the extreme sport of breath-hold diving.
The previous record of 311 feet was held by Natalia Molchanova of Russia.
Campbell holds three world records.
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