Sahika Ercumen: Turkish diver sets staggering world record in one breath


Turkish diver Şahika Ercümen set a new variable-weight freediving world record after descending to a depth of 100 meters (328 feet).

Ercümen crashed to the depth world record in just two minutes and 53 seconds, all without oxygen or diving fins.

No freediver, man or woman, has ever achieved this feat before.

“I have the pride and happiness to bring a new world record to our country on the biggest and deepest dive of the year,” Ercümen wrote on Instagram.

“I felt your support deeply again throughout the process. A big thank you… to everyone who supported me under all circumstances and for holding their breath with me during the dive.”

The attempt took place in InceboÄŸaz district in KaÅŸ, in Antalya province in southern Turkey.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency before her incredible feat, Ercümen revealed that she had already broken the world record in training but had to do so “officially”.

“We broke the record unofficially in our last training session,” she said. “Our goal is to officially set the record … our motivation is very high. We think we’ll break the record.”

Ercümen, 36, dedicated his success to the 98th Republic of Turkey Day on November 29.

She also revealed that she wanted to educate the public on a number of important issues.

“I want to use this record to draw attention to issues such as climate change, global warming and gender equality,” she said.

Additionally, Ercümen took the time to dive with women diagnosed with breast cancer, drawing attention to the disease for the Pi Women’s Cancer Society in Antalya.

Once in the water, the women unfurled a banner saying, “Our strength is greater than cancer.

Ercümen, Ambassador of Underwater Life to the United Nations Development Program, is a competitive freediver.

She recently won three medals and broke five Turkish records in the Vertical Blue 2021 freediving competition at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas.

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