World Record #127 - The record for holding your breath is shattered and now stands at 19 minutes 21 seconds

by | Feb 16, 2010 01:11 PM ET

About 2 years ago, David Blaine did something that seemed utterly impossible - he held his breath underwater for 17 minutes:

World record #23 – Breath holding

You can find an explanation of how he did it on this page.

Blaine's record was broken about a year later. This week that record was shattered and extended to an amazing 19 minutes 21 seconds by Peter Colat of Switzerland:

Swiss freediver breaks world record for holding breath underwater

Peter is a freediver, which is a bigger sport in Europe, as seen in this video:

This is what an actual freediving event looks like - the competitors are trying to dive as deep as possible in one breath. They can go over 300 feet deep:

See also: How can you dive 700 feet in one breath?

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