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Freediver swims 662 feet underwater on one breath

January 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Danish freediver Stig Severinsen has broken the world distance record for swimming with fins on just one breath -- making it 202 meters (662 ft 8.7 in) underwater, Guinness World Records has confirmed.

(CNN)Danish freediver Stig Severinsen has broken the world distance record for swimming with fins on just one breath -- making it 202 meters (662 ft 8. 7 in) underwater, Guinness World Records has confirmed.

Guinness said Severinsen, 47, completed the swim on November 26 in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The previous record of 177 meters was set in 2016 by Carlos Coste.

Severinsen said his record-breaking swim aimed at raising environmental awareness.

Severinsen described the 202 meter distance as "symbolic. "

Severinsen also holds the record for the longest distance swum under ice with fins and a diving suit, and without fins and a diving suit, at 152. 4 meters and 76. 2 meters, respectively.

He also set a 2012 record for the longest timed breath held voluntarily, holding his breath for 22 minutes.

That record has since been broken and stands at 24 minutes and 3. 45 seconds.

According to his biography on "Breathology" -- an online platform he established to help people improve their breathing techniques -- Severinsen began swimming at age 6 and developed a fascination with holding his breath.

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