Mike’s previous record was 96m, set at the prestigious Vertical Blue competition on Long Island in the Bahamas on 15 November 2013. Of this latest Free Immersion national record, Mike had to say:
“Waiting for the dive today I had a little apprehension as I always do before a competition dive and a national record attempt, and because it was at this stage two years ago that I crashed out of the World Championships in Greece by rupturing my ear drum at a depth of 95m while trying for a national record of a 100m in Constant Weight discipline. It's hard not to push too far sometimes but hopefully I learnt from that experience and this is reflected in today's dive! Diving in the Mediterranean is harder for me than in the tropics, and in the previous day's we have had wind, surface chop, current and a strong thermocline to contend with. Conditions were good today though and I hope I can build on this record and dive deeper in the upcoming days during the World Championships”
Congrats to Michael. With the World Freediving championships now under way Michael Board and the rest of the GB team will aim to build on these good early performances during the final competition days on the 16th and 19th September. Stay tuned!
Photos: © Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)