Watch free diving star Alexey Molchanov seize a world file – 60 Minutes

“This one didn’t stink in any respect,” stated correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi as she gleefully reminisced about her 60 Minutes report, on the game of free diving. The story took her to the Bahamas the place she profiled the game’s marquee male athlete Alexey Molchanov for Sunday’s broadcast. 

Molchanov, a 35-year-old Russian, captured his first world file greater than a dozen years in the past. In the present day, he holds 24. 

“I used to be anticipating Alexey Molchanov to be this sort of stern Russian,” Alfonsi informed 60 Minutes Additional time. “His nickname’s ‘The Machine.’ In order that makes you assume you are going to be interviewing one kind of particular person. However he’s exuberant, and pleasant, and joyful, and only a ton of enjoyable to be round… all the time smiling, which is how he bought his different nickname, which is ‘The Golden Retriever.'”

With our 60 Minutes cameras rolling, retrieve is strictly what Molchanov did. Sporting his signature gold wetsuit, he plunged 430 toes into the water to fetch a tag hooked up to a mast that proves the diver reached their objective. Molchanov’s world file dive lasted 4:33. He did it on a single breath.


Alexey Molchanov’s world file dive

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“You learn to let go of strain, of rigidity, and simply, like, take pleasure in it,” Molchanov defined to Alfonsi. “I do these information solely as a result of I can let go. I can benefit from the dive. And I can simply cease excited about the time.”

Earlier than descending into the depths of the ocean, Molchanov performs “lung packing,” a respiratory method that permits him to inflate his lungs with as a lot as two gallons of air and keep underwater for minutes at a time. It’s a method Molchanov has perfected and one he wished to show Alfonsi. 

“I began off, I feel, underwater, I might maintain my breath for 20 or 30 seconds” stated Alfonsi. “And after Alexey type of taught me these deep respiratory strategies, I used to be capable of be within the water holding my breath for about two minutes.”

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60 Minutes correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi interviews Alexey Molchanov off the coast of Lengthy Island, Bahamas. The story was produced by Ashley Velie (left).

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Alfonsi is just not the one disciple of the Molchanov method. He and his spouse Elena, a former Olympic swimmer, function a set of freediving faculties. They’ve licensed tons of of instructors in 20 international locations. 

Instructors who’re coaching the following era of free divers. Athletes who proceed to pursue and drive the game’s main man.

“I did not hit my restrict,” stated Molchanov. “I am fairly positive the following 10 years, the following 20 years, I can be diving or a few of my opponents can be diving to 140, 150 meters depth with a monofin… Ten years from now, I am positive there will be one thing I can do, or new era athletes will have the ability to do to maneuver… even deeper.”

Within the meantime, 20 years appears a far means off for an athlete that’s solely starting the prime of his profession. Then once more, time could be a nice equalizer. Maybe it’s the solely factor that may destroy “The Machine” and permit a brand new face to exchange Molchanov on the sport’s summit, or on this case, the nadir.

The video above was initially printed on September 26, 2021 and was produced by Keith Zubrow and Sarah Shafer Prediger. It was edited by Sarah Shafer Prediger.