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|Born||6 March 1987|
Alexey Molchanov (Russian: Алексей Олегович Молчанов, born 6 March 1987 in Volgograd) is a Russian champion freediver, 14-time world champion (AIDA and CMAS), holder of 19 world records, freediving instructor and promoter. Bearer of the philosophy of freediving, president of Association "Freediving Federation", president of AIDA Russia, head of freediving school named in honor of Natalia Molchanova, designer and engineer of freediving equipment Molchanovs. Alexey is a son of Natalia Molchanova – multiple champion and world record holder in freediving.
Alexey Molchanov is the deepest man in the history of the competitive freediving. He achieved his first world record in 2008 in a pool discipline called Dynamic Apnea, in which he swam 250m underwater with a monofin on one breath. Since then he focused on the depth disciplines and began to compete in the open water.
In 2012, he set a world record in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, when he dived to 125m using a monofin. Later that year Alexey broke his own world record with a dive to 126m in Dean's Blue Hole in The Bahamas, and at the 2013 AIDA World Championships, Alexey broke this record again. It happened in Kalamata, Greece when he dived on one breath to 128m and returned to surface under difficult conditions. He extended that record to 129m in Baja in 2016. In 2018 in the Bahamas Alexey dived 130m and set a new world record.
Overall, he has set 19 world records (12 records were set according to AIDA rules and 7 records are according to CMAS) and has earned 23 combined gold, silver, and bronze individual and team medals at world championship events.
A former nationally ranked swimmer, Alexey took up freediving as a teenager when his mother, the late Natalia Molchanova, fell in love with the sport. She would go on to develop a branded training program, which included meditative techniques and turned her into the greatest competitive freediver of all time, and transformed Russia into the freediving power. Alexey has followed her footsteps and in addition to running the Russian Freediving Federation, he is developing Molchanovs brand, which produces some of the finest freediving gear available.
An instructor, entrepreneur and top-ranked athlete, Alexey Molchanov splits his time between his homes in Moscow and Dahab, runs regular training camps in Turkey, Mexico, Lake Baikal and even in the Kingdom of Tonga, and competes all over the world. He is called “Ambassador of the Ocean”, since Alexey is actively involved in environmental issues and water purification all over the world. He often brings his camera and drone along with him and you may find his underwater photos in online galleries and exhibitions.
Married to Elena Molchanova (Sokolova) since 2016. Elena is a Russian swimmer, winner of the World Universiade (2013), participant in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, International Master of Sports of Russia.
|Apnea ||Date||Place||Event||Record||Stands as|
|DYN||19.04.2004||Moscow||freediving Russian Championship||158 m||Russian record|
|FIM||23.11.2004||Egypt||Open Swedish freediving competitions||66 m||Russian record|
|VWT||30.11.2004||Egypt||Registration of records in Blue Hole||76 m||Russian record|
|DNF||23.04.2005||Moscow||freediving Russian Championship||107 m||Russian record|
|DYN||24.04.2005||Moscow||freediving Russian Championship||171 m||Russian record|
|DYN||25.08.2005||Lausanne, Switzerland||first individual freediving World Championship||199 m||Russian record, bronze medal|
|STA||26.08.2005||Lausanne, Switzerland||first individual freediving World Championship||6 min. 31 sec.||Russian record, bronze medal|
|DNF||27.08.2005||Lausanne, Switzerland||first individual freediving World Championship||124 m||Russian record|
|DNF||27.08.2005||Lausanne, Switzerland||first individual freediving World Championship||131 m||Russian record, silver medal|
|CWT||1.09.2005||France, Nice||freediving World Championship||82 m||Russian record|
|CNF||7.11.2005||Egypt, Dahab||Triple Depth||52 m||Russian record|
|DYN||23.04.2006||Moscow||Russian Championship||200 m||Russian record|
|CNF||30.05.2006||Egypt, Dahab||Triple Depth||60 m||Russian record|
|CWT||07.12.2006||Egypt, Hurgada||Team World Championship||83 m||Russian record|
|DYN||09.12.2006||Egypt, Hurgada||Team World Championship||207 m||Russian record|
|STA||9.06.2007||Moscow||Russian championship||6 min. 59 sec.||Russian record|
|DYN||5.07.2007||Slovenia, Maribor||freediving World Championship||213 m||Russian record, silver medal|
|DNF||7.07.2007||Slovenia, Maribor||freediving World Championship||157 m||Russian record, silver medal|
|CNF||3.11.2007||Egypt, Sharm-el-Sheikh||4th individual freediving World Championship||65 m||Russian record, bronze medal|
|DYN||27.04.2008||Moscow||open Moscow Cup||222 m||Russian record|
|CWT||25.07.2008||Greece, Crete, Sugia||International freediving competition: Mediterranean Cup||91 m||Russian record|
|CWT||27.07.2008||Greece, Crete, Sugia||International freediving competition: Mediterranean Cup||101 m||Russian record|
|FIM||1.08.2008||Egypt, Dahab||International freediving competition||90 m||Russian record|
|STA||4.10.2008||Italy, Lignano-Sabbiadoro||European Cup||7min. 31sec.||Russian record|
|DYN||5.10.2008||Italy, Lignano-Sabbiadoro||European Cup||250 m||World Record, Historic Record|
|STA||20.08.2009||Danmark, Aarhus||5th Individual freediving World Championship||8 min. 02 sec.||Russian record|
|STA||21.08.2009||Danmark, Aarhus||5th Individual freediving World Championship||8 min. 31 sec.||Russian record, silver medal|
|CNF||25.09.2009||Egypt, Sharm-el-Sheikh||International competition Ruler of the depth||80 m||Russian record|
|CNF||27.09.2009||Egypt, Sharm-el-Sheikh||International competition Ruler of the depth||83 m||Russian record|
|CWT||1.12.2009||Bahamas, Long Island||6th individual freediving World Championship||102 m||Russian record|
|CWT||3.12.2009||Bahamas, Long Island||6th individual freediving World Championship||111 m||Russian record, silver medal|
|FIM||24.09.2011||Greece, Kalamata||7th individual freediving World Championship||100 m||Russian record|
|CWT||25.11.2012||Bahamas, Long Island||126 m||World record|
|FIM||29.11.2012||Bahamas, Long Island||107 m||Russian record|
|CNF||25.04.2013||Egypt, Dahab||Russian National Open Competition, 2013||85 m||Russian record|
|CNF||27.04.2013||Egypt, Dahab||Russian National Open Competition, 2013||90 m||Russian record, continental record|
|DNF||27.06.2013||Belgrade||Individual AIDA pool World Championships, 2013||195 m||Russian record|
|STA||29.06.2013||Belgrade||Individual AIDA pool World Championships, 2013||8:33||Russian record|
|CWT||19.09.2013||Kalamata||Kalamata Open, 2013||128 m||World record, gold medal|
|FIM||21.09.2013||Kalamata||Kalamata Open, 2013||110 m||Russian record|
|CNF||10.11.2013||Long Island, BHS||Vertical Blue, 2013||91 m||Russian record|
|FIM||16.11.2013||Long Island, BHS||Vertical Blue, 2013||112 m||Russian record|
|FIM||02.12.2014||Long Island, BHS||Suunto Vertical Blue, Deadmans Caye, 2014||114 m||Russian record|
|DYN||26.06.2015||Belgrade||Individual AIDA Pool World Championships 2015||258 m||Russian record|
|CNF||14.09.2015||Limassol||AIDA Individual World Championship 2015||85 m||Gold medal|
|CWT||16.09.2015||Limassol||AIDA Individual World Championship 2ool Championship 2015 — CMAS||8 m 15 sec||Russian record, gold medal|
|DYN-BF||15.06.2018||Lignano Sabbiadoro||10th Free Diving Indoor World Championship – CMAS||224,7 m||Russian record|
|CWT||18.07.2018||Bahamas||Vertical Blue 2018 — AIDA||130 m||World record, gold medal|
|FIM||24.07.2018||Bahamas||Vertical Blue 2018 — AIDA||125 m||World record, gold medal|
|CWT||04.10.2018||Kaş||3rd FreeDiving World Championship Outdoor 2018 — CMAS||123 m||World record, gold medal|
|FIM||06.10.2018||Kaş||3rd FreeDiving World Championship Outdoor 2018 — CMAS||116 m||World record, gold medal|
|CWT-BF||21.05.2019||Egypt, Dahab||Russian Open Depth Championship 2019 — AIDA||108 m||World record, gold medal|
|CWT-BF||05.08.2019||Roatán, Honduras||Caribbean Cup 2019 — AIDA||110 m||World record, gold medal|
|CNF||07.08.2019||Roatán, Honduras||Outdoor World Championship 2019 — CMAS||85 m||World record, gold medal|
|CWT||08.08.2019||Roatán, Honduras||Outdoor World Championship 2019 — CMAS||125 m||World record, gold medal|
|FIM||11.08.2019||Roatán, Honduras||Outdoor World Championship 2019 — CMAS||118 m||World record, gold medal|
|CWTB||12.09.2020||Krk, Croatia||Adriatic Depth Trophy Competition 2020||111 m||World record, gold medal|
|CWTB||26.11.2020||Egypt, Sharm-el-Sheikh||Aida Freediving World Competition — AIDA||113 m||World record, gold medal|
- STA – 8 min. 33 sec.
- DYN – 258 m
- DNF – 195 m
- CWT – 130 m
- CWTB — 113 m
- CNF – 96 m
- FIM – 125 m
- STA = Static Apnea. Holding the breath as long as possible.
- DYN = Dynamic Apnea with fins. Diving as far as possible with the use of fins or a monofin.
- DNF = Dynamic Apnea without fins. Diving as far as possible without fins.
- CWT = Constant weight with fins. Diving as deep as possible with the use of fins or a monofin.
- CNF = Constant weight without fins. Diving as deep as possible without fins.
- FIM = Free Immersion. Diving as deep as possible by pulling down and up the rope.
- The Triumph and Tragedy of the World’s Best Freediver, March 9, 2021, By Sami Emory
- AIDA: World records Archived 2015-11-17 at the Wayback Machine (checked 17/02/2013)
- Russian: Alexey Molchanov records Russian Freediving Association (checked 11/19/2010)
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- Russian: personal page Russian Freediving Association (checked 11/19/2010)