On April 30, 2007 David Blaine was on the
Oprah Winfrey show, not just for an interview, but to also make an attempt to
break the record for the world's longest breath hold of 16 minutes 32 seconds
set by Peter Colat.
did beat the record, spending a soggy 17 minutes 4.4 seconds in an acrylic bubble filled
Blaine's record is recognized by Guinness, it is not recognized by the free
diving community due to the fact that he spent 23 minutes breathing pure oxygen
before his attempt.
Static Apnea should not be confused with the Guinness World Record for holding
the breath underwater. Guinness allows inhalation of oxygen prior to the
athlete's performance, while such inhalation is strictly forbidden according to
AIDA's rules for the recognition of records para 3.9.
According to AIDA, the record for the longest breath hold
is owned by Tom Sietas at 9 minutes 8 seconds which he accomplished in Hamburg,
Germany in 2007.
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