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Swimming Czech man sets new under ice swim record

A CZECH freediver has set a world record in men’s under-ice swimming.

David Vencl swam the longest distance of 265 feet holding his breath today. In this category, freedivers cannot use any fin, diving suit, cap or weights.

The previous record was 250 feet by Stig Severinsen of Denmark in April 2013, according to the Guinness World Records.

Vencl took 1 minute, 35 seconds for the record at a lake in Lahost in northern Czech Republic.

“It was faster than I expected, I felt great,” Vencl said. “I knew for sure that I will swim the 80 metres but, of course, that weight of the moment was the only thing that was tiring me down a little bit.”

Organisers said the ice was at least 11.8 inches thick, a condition for the record to be recognised.

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