Alexey Molchanov, freediver, poses for the photographer at the A.I.D.A. Freediving World Championships, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, 11 September 2012. Alexey, Russian, is now, at 25 years of age, a world champion freediver, the first human being ever to have dived deeper than 125 metres unaided.<br />
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Growing up, he spent childhood summer holidays on the coast of the Black Sea and remembers holding his breath to dive for shells to eat. He also remembers as a small child dreaming of being able to breathe underwater. "I remember how good it felt...its a pity I can't do that in real life!" As a teenager, he swam competitively (he was in the top 10 for his age in Russia), then at the age of 17, he traded swimming for freediving, a year after his mother Natalia took up the sport. <br />
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"My world record will be beaten, probably in the next few months, but I don't feel that I have achieved my limits yet. I will keep training. I want to be on the same level that my Mum is in the women's category and show results in all disciplines. Its very hard for men now, but not impossible. I just need more training"  <br />
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"I don't practise anything besides freediving, because that's enough. There's a whole world there"<br />
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"If you look at it as a normal person, its unpleasant when you want to breathe [and you can't]. But if you  change your perspective, and step away from the discomfort of the urge to breathe, you realise that you can actually swim no problem, and you see the beauty of it. You can enjoy the feeling of your body working on a different level"
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Alexey Molchanov, freediver, poses for the photographer at the A.I.D.A. Freediving World Championships, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, 11 September 2012. Alexey, Russian, is now, at 25 years of age, a world champion freediver, the first human being ever to have dived deeper than 125 metres unaided.

Growing up, he spent childhood summer holidays on the coast of the Black Sea and remembers holding his breath to dive for shells to eat. He also remembers as a small child dreaming of...
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