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Record-breaking Rebecca swims underwater for two and a half minutes

Rebecca Coales Credit: Manchester Evening News

A swimmer has broken a UK freediving record after swimming nearly four lengths of an Olympic-sized pool without coming up for air.

Rebecca Coales, who was born in Stockport, held her breath for more than TWO AND A HALF MINUTES as she swam a total of 179 metres at the town's Life Leisure Grand Central baths.

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Rebecca, who grew up in Davenport and went to Stockport Grammar School, broke the previous DYN (Dynamic with fins) record by four metres.

Rebecca, 38, told the Manchester Evening News:

“My sights are now on the world championships where I will compete in no fins, monofins and static dives.

"I will be back in Stockport to train and look forward to achieving even more in the sport.”

– Rebecca Coales

The world DYN record is 234m, set by 22-time Russian world champion Natalia Molchanova in June 2013.