German diver Tom Sietas held his breath for 17 minutes 19 seconds breaking David Blaine's old record of 17 minutes 4 seconds!
Tom Sietas (born 12 January 1977 in Hamburg, Germany) is a freediver. He specializes in the static apnea event, holding his breath under water, and the dynamic apnea event, swimming the greatest possible distance underwater without breathing. Sietas started free diving in the year 2000. Since then he has set a large number of world records and won many titles, including taking the world record from magician David Blaine about four and a half months after his much-publicised achievement in mid-2008. Sietas has gone on to add over 5 minutes to that record, which as of early 2013 stands at 22:22min.
David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a performer of street and close-up magic. He has set and broken several world records.
Dave Mullins is a New Zealand freediver and world record-holder.
On 21 September 2007 Dave set a new world record in Dynamic apnea breaking the old record by 1 m, creating a new world record of 226 m in a time of 3:38. The old record of 225 m was held by Stig Severinsen. On 23 September 2007 Dave broke his own record by 18 m setting a new world record of 244 m in a time of 4:02.
Static Apnea is a discipline in which a person holds their breath (apnea) underwater for as long as possible, and need not swim any distance. Static Apnea is defined by the International Association for Development of Apnea (AIDA International) and is distinguished from the Guinness World Record for breath holding underwater, which allows the use of oxygen in preparation. It requires that the respiratory tract be immersed, with the body either in the water or at the surface, and may be performed in a pool or open water (sea, lake, river, etc.). Static Apnea is the only AIDA International discipline measuring duration, and one of the three disciplines considered for the international competitions by team, with Constant Weight and Dynamic with fins.
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