By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1
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Water baby Alice Hickson achieved the longest time for ‘freediving’ which involves swimming underwater as far as possible.
The 25-year-old from Bristol swam a breathtaking 174m on June 25, at the Individual AIDA Pool World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.
Alice’s masterstroke beat her own previous British record by 19m, after setting the standard just five days earlier.
She said: "I was excited to come to the championships as I thought it would be a great opportunity to see the competitive world of freediving and gain some experience.
“I've only ever done one other competition so I didn't know what to expect, but so far its been amazing and totally overwhelming - in a good way.
“The day before the competition I started getting really nervous and doubted my ability to compete against some of the best people in the sport.
“But then I remembered why I was here - for experience and to enjoy it so I told myself just do your best that's all you can do.”
Alice, who works as a swimming coach and is studying occupational health, has now secured her place in the finals of the world championships.
She achieved the feat in the ‘dynamic no fins’ category of the sport with the current record of 226m held by polish male swimmer Mateusz Malina.