Alexey Molchanov

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Alexey Molchanov, Blue Hole, Dahab, Egypt, 2013

Alexey Molchanov (Russian: Алексей Олегович Молчанов, born March 6, 1987 in Volgograd) is a Russian champion freediver, five time world vice-champion, and world record holder in freediving. His mother, Natalia Molchanova was also a freediver.[1]

Alexey Molchanov is the deepest man in the history of the competitive freediving. He achieved his first world record in 2008 in a pool discipline called Dynamic Apnea, in which he swam 250m underwater with a monofin on one breath. Since then he focused on the depth discipline and began to compete in the open ocean.

In 2012 he set a new world record in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, when he dived to 125m beneath the surface – far deeper than scuba divers would ever dare explore – and back on a single breath while using a monofin. Later that year he broke his own world record with a dive to 126m in Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, and at the 2013 AIDA World Championships, Alexey shocked the world when he broke his record yet again. This time he was in Kalamata, Greece when he dove to 128m and back under difficult conditions. He extended that record to 129m in Baja in 2016.

Overall he’s set five world records and has earned 15 combined gold, silver and bronze - individual and team medals at world championship events.

A former nationally ranked swimmer, Alexey took up freediving as a teenager when his mother, the late Natalia Molchanova, fell in love with the sport. She would go on to develop a branded training program, which included meditative techniques that turned her into the greatest competitive freediver of all time, and transformed Russia into the freediving power. Alexey has followed her foot steps and in addition to running the Russian Freediving Federation, his Molchanovs brand produces some of the finest freediving gear available.

An instructor, entrepreneur and elite athlete, Alexey Molchanov splits his time between his homes in Moscow and Dahab, runs regular training camps in Bali, Mexico and the United states, and competes all over the world. He often brings his camera and drone along with him. Given what he does and where he travels, the results are often spectacular.

Personal website: alexeymolchanov.com

Records[2]

Apnea [1] Date Place Event Record Stands as
DYN 19.04.2004 Moscow freediving Russian Championship 158 m Russian record
FIM 23.11.2004 Egypt Open Swedish freediving competitions 66 m Russian record
VWT 30.11.2004 Egypt Registration of records in Blue Hole 76 m Russian record
DNF 23.04.2005 Moscow freediving Russian Championship 107 m Russian record
DYN 24.04.2005 Moscow freediving Russian Championship 171 m Russian record
DYN 25.08.2005 Lausanne, Switzerland first individual freediving World Championship 199 m Russian record, bronze medal
STA 26.08.2005 Lausanne, Switzerland first individual freediving World Championship 6 min. 31 sec. Russian record, bronze medal
DNF 27.08.2005 Lausanne, Switzerland first individual freediving World Championship 124 m Russian record
DNF 27.08.2005 Lausanne, Switzerland first individual freediving World Championship 131 m Russian record, silver medal
CWT 1.09.2005 France, Nice freediving World Championship 82 m Russian record
CNF 7.11.2005 Egypt, Dahab Triple Depth 52 m Russian record
DYN 23.04.2006 Moscow Russian Championship 200 m Russian record
CNF 30.05.2006 Egypt, Dahab Triple Depth 60 m Russian record
CWT 07.12.2006 Egypt, Hurgada Team World Championship 83 m Russian record
DYN 09.12.2006 Egypt, Hurgada Team World Championship 207 m Russian record
STA 9.06.2007 Moscow Russian championship 6 min. 59 sec. Russian record
DYN 5.07.2007 Slovenia, Maribor freediving World Championship 213 m Russian record, silver medal
DNF 7.07.2007 Slovenia, Maribor freediving World Championship 157 m Russian record, silver medal
CNF 3.11.2007 Egypt, Sharm-el-Sheikh 4th individual freediving World Championship 65 m Russian record, bronze medal
DYN 27.04.2008 Moscow open Moscow Cup 222 m Russian record
CWT 25.07.2008 Greece, Crete, Sugia International freediving competition: Mediterranean Cup 91 m Russian record
CWT 27.07.2008 Greece, Crete, Sugia International freediving competition: Mediterranean Cup 101 m Russian record
FIM 1.08.2008 Egypt, Dahab International freediving competition 90 m Russian record
STA 4.10.2008 Italy, Lignano-Sabbiadoro European Cup 7min. 31sec. Russian record
DYN 5.10.2008 Italy, Lignano-Sabbiadoro European Cup 250 m World Record, Historic Record
STA 20.08.2009 Danmark, Aarhus 5th Individual freediving World Championship 8 min. 02 sec. Russian record
STA 21.08.2009 Danmark, Aarhus 5th Individual freediving World Championship 8 min. 31 sec. Russian record, silver medal
CNF 25.09.2009 Egypt, Sharm-el-Sheikh International competition Ruler of the depth 80 m Russian record
CNF 27.09.2009 Egypt, Sharm-el-Sheikh International competition Ruler of the depth 83 m Russian record
CWT 1.12.2009 Bahamas, Long Island 6th individual freediving World Championship 102 m Russian record
CWT 3.12.2009 Bahamas, Long Island 6th individual freediving World Championship 111 m Russian record, silver medal
FIM 24.09.2011 Greece, Kalamata 7th individual freediving World Championship 100 m Russian record
CWT 25.11.2012 Bahamas, Long Island 126 m World record[3]
FIM 29.11.2012 Bahamas, Long Island 107 m Russian record
CNF 25.04.2013 Egypt, Dahab Russian National Open Competition, 2013 85 m Russian record
CNF 27.04.2013 Egypt, Dahab Russian National Open Competition, 2013 90 m Russian record, continental record
DNF 27.06.2013 Belgrade Individual AIDA pool World Championships, 2013 195 m Russian record
STA 29.06.2013 Belgrade Individual AIDA pool World Championships, 2013 8:33 Russian record
CWT 19.09.2013 Kalamata Kalamata Open, 2013 128 m World record, gold medal
FIM 21.09.2013 Kalamata Kalamata Open, 2013 110 m Russian record
CNF 10.11.2013 Long Island, BHS Vertical Blue, 2013 91 m Russian record
FIM 16.11.2013 Long Island, BHS Vertical Blue, 2013 112 m Russian record
FIM 02.12.2014 Long Island, BHS Suunto Vertical Blue, Deadmans Caye, 2014 114 m Russian record
DYN 26.06.2015 Belgrade Individual AIDA Pool World Championships 2015 258 m Russian record
CNF 14.09.2015 LIMASSOL AIDA Individual World Championship 2015 85 m Gold medal
CWT 16.09.2015 LIMASSOL AIDA Individual World Championship 2015 122 m Gold medal

Summary:

  • STA - 8 min. 33 sec.
  • DYN - 258 m
  • DNF - 195 m
  • CWT - 129,7 m
  • CNF - 91 m
  • FIM - 114 m

Clarification:

  • STA = Static Apnea. Holding the breath as long as possible.
  • DYN = Dynamic Apnea with fins. Diving as far as possible with the use of fins or a monofin.
  • DNF = Dynamic Apnea without fins. Diving as far as possible without fins.
  • CWT = Constant weight with fins. Diving as deep as possible with the use of fins or a monofin.
  • CNF = Constant weight without fins. Diving as deep as possible without fins.
  • FIM = Free Immersion. Diving as deep as possible by pulling down and up the rope.

References

  1. ^ Kassam, Ashifa; Weaver, Matthew (5 August 2015). "Natalia Molchanova: world's 'greatest freediver' feared dead". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Russian: Alexey Molchanov records Russian Freediving Association (checked 11/19/2010)
  3. ^ AIDA: World records Archived 2015-11-17 at the Wayback Machine. (checked 17/02/2013)

External links

  • Russian: personal page Russian Freediving Association (checked 11/19/2010)