Monday, September 24, 2007

Dave Mullins smashed the world record for underwater swim without a breath!!!

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Dave Mullinsfrom Wellington has smashed the world recordfor an underwater swim without a breath not once, but twice, by swimming 244 metres underwater on one breath, blitzing a record he set on Friday by 18 metres. Mullins swam nonstop for four minutes and two seconds with a mono fin, completing nearly five lengths of the 50-metre Naenaepool. Earlier this year he set a national freediving record, becoming just the fifth man to reach 100 metres.

"You have to get it pretty much spot on," he said. "You're after maximum efficiency, so the turns are pretty important."

Mullins said that though he was an "unusually slow" swimmer, the sport was all about lasting the distance.

It would take a few days to recover from the rigours of busting world records because of the buildup of lactic acid in his legs, he added.

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