Petersburg woman has set a world record for holding her breath in ice water

A resident of St. Petersburg Maria Olshevskaya set a world record for holding her breath in ice water. She spent 4 minutes 17 seconds in the ice-hole in the Park of Heroes-Firefighters, informs International Association for the Development of Freediving.

Freediving is breath-holding scuba diving. Initially it was practiced for spearfishing, but now it is a sport that requires great endurance and excellent physical skills.

In the conditions of Russia, freediving becomes even more extreme, because often athletes train in icy water.

So in the Park of Heroes-Firefighters, Maria Olshevskaya was without a wetsuit, in an ordinary swimsuit, despite the fact that the thermometer was below minus 10 degrees.

The girl confidently descended into the hole, dived and held her breath. The record was followed by representatives of the sports association and volunteers. Maria was able to hold out for 4 minutes 17 seconds. When the record was set, the girl raised her head above the water and said that she was feeling well.

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