Vertical Blue 2022: Day 7 – Another world record for Arnaud Jerald
After the last day of rest, the Vertical Blue 2022 freediving competition Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas resumed with Day 7 of action. The Constant weight bi-fins (CWTB) absolute world record fell again, plus seven national records.
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Arnaud Jerald once again extends the world record for bi-fins at constant weight
France Arnaud Jerald extended sound CWTB World record with a dive 120m/393.7ft on day 7.
jerald had set the AIDA record on day 1 with a dive of 117m/558ft, then extended it and broke the absolute world record on day 4 with a dive of 119m/387ft.
Set of seven national records
Four women and three men set new national records on day seven.
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Turkey Sahika Ercumen define a new Free immersion (FIM) national record with a 88m/289ft dive on the women’s side. In a Instagram post, Ercumen wrote:
“It was the discipline that challenged me the most in this competition, I am very happy that after 2 red cards I still dared to try this dive and did it successfully.”
Additionally, Mexico Camila Jaber dived towards 82m/269ft, South Africa Talya Davidoff swam to 71m/233ft in the CWTB discipline, and Belgium Marine Simonis dive into 61m/200ft in the Constant weight without fins (CNF) discipline.
As for men, the United Kingdom Gary McGrath define a Constant Weight (CWT) national record with a 112m/367ft diving, and Mexico Pedro Tapia dived towards 108m/354ft in the same discipline. Tapia’s compatriot Pepe Salcedo skipped his blackout on Day 6 to grab a white card with a 105m/344ft CWTB dive.
Red and white cards
As was the case on most competition days, not all dives were successful.
Poland Mateusz Malina was shooting for a 127m/417ft Men’s FIM World record but only managed to achieve 113m/371ft before returning. Stefan Randig sought to extend his German citizenship CNF save to 80m/262ft but drew a red card for shooting down the line. And that of China Potti Lau also sought to expand its CWTB national record of 95m/312ft but again earned a red card for shooting.
Full Day 7 Results and Day 8 Start List
Check out the full results of Vertical Blue Day 7 and the Day 8 Start List below.
Pictures of day 7
You can check out our photo gallery courtesy of Daan Verhoeven below.
Vertical Blue 2022 – Day 7
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— With on-site reports from Francesca Koe and additional reports by Stephane Whelan.