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Veronika Kravtcova bests Marina Kazankova for longest underwater swim world record

In Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid”, the titular heroine longs to become human after rescuing a drowning prince. Russia’s Veronika Kravtcova and Marina Kazankova seems to have the opposite yen — wanting to leave the surface world to become real-life mermaids.


The official Guinness World record for the Longest Distance Swam Underwater by a Female With One Breath Using Fins is currently an incredible 160 meters (524 feet, 11.21 inches), after Kravtcova achieved the mark in the waters off Porto Koufo, Halkidiki, Greece.


The previous record was set just months earlier by accomplished freediver Kazankova using a monofin, which she adapted into a mermaid costume. She swam a total of 154 meters (505 feet, 2.98 inches) under the waters off the coast of Kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands.


While Kazankova is plotting how to get her record back from Kravtcova, she makes a living as a model and actress. Could a starring role in live-action remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid be in the offing?