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NZ freediver nails new world record

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/07/2016

William Trubridge © TVNZ William Trubridge Kiwi freediver William Trubridge has set a new world record, descending 102m into the world's deepest blue hole on a single breath.

The 36-year-old set his 18th world record on Thursday with no breathing devices, ropes or even fins on his second attempt after falling 10 metres short in December 2014.

Trubridge took four minutes and 14 seconds to descend to 102m and then resurface at Deans Blue Hole near Long Island in the Bahamas.

Website Deepblue.com said Trubridge was the first person ever to freedive to that depth.

"That's 20 feet taller than Big Ben and when you consider that Trubridge swam down and back, unassisted with only the air in his lungs, it's a whopping 670 feet round-trip!"

Trubridge said he was thrilled to have cracked the record.

"I really felt I was at my peak performance, in terms of conditioning, during the Caribbean Cup competition at the end of May," he said.

"So I am very grateful to have this massive success so late in the season."

Carla Hanson, president of the world freediving community AIDA and a judge for the attempt, said Trubridge had overcome a great deal of pressure to nail the record.

"But I knew he had it in the bag as I watched him approach from 20 metres below, swimming strongly towards the surface.

"He executed a clean surface protocol with two seconds to spare - an amazing dive."

Trubridge's two most recent records include back-to-back dives at the same location as Thursday's event, Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas, during which he went 122m down using a rope.

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