Champion diver holds his breath for 22 minutes

By Eurosport, Yahoo!7 November 16, 2012, 10:07 am

The next time you watch an episode of The Simpsons or Friends, think about this: one man recently held his breath for nearly the entire duration of that programme.

Stig Severinsen, a world champion freediver and breathing expert, captured the Guinness World Record with this amazing feat as he held his breath under water for 22 minutes.

Severinsen, from Denmark, himself held the previous record of 20 minutes and 10 seconds.

Granted, Severinsen did have some assistance -- before going underwater, he inhaled pure oxygen so as to saturate his body with oxygen. That said, this is still incredibly impressive.

The Discovery Channel filmed him achieving the feat and you can watch it here – although be forewarned that 'holding your breath' is not exactly the world's greatest spectator sport (even when just watching edited highlights).

For the past decade Severinsen has experimented with different methods of breath-hold to examine their effects on the mind and body. He even wrote a book titled Breatheology: The Art of Conscious Breathing.

This man has spent his entire life in and around water, so if you're waiting for someone to top his record, don't hold your breath.

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  1. David G04:58pm Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It really is not a record when he saturates his body with oxygen. as it must be similar to when athletes administer blood doping. BTW,The Simpsons use-by date has expired by about 10 long years.

  2. Bill04:32pm Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Lord Ian, good to see u state urself as an idiot, I am just as silly as the next poster

  3. Cherie 'an' Mick02:58pm Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    maybe he held his breath for the entire episode, but i think it would be holding your breath during the adds that would deserve a world record, Plus under water with an oxygen saturation, he would have been just happy relaxed, well i thought he held his breath whilst, watching the show., I would like to have known how he managed getting through the adds??!

  4. Peter H02:25pm Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Anyone normal who can sit through an episode of the SImpsons or Friends also deserves an award. (American garbage for the brain dead.)

  5. LEE02:19pm Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Maybe next time he can try hold it for 39mins and when he croaks it yahoo will actually have a story worth talking about.

  6. Al02:05pm Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    For me it would only count as a record if the whole head was totally under water for the duration.

  7. j01:55pm Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I would like to agree with lord ian, yahoo sort your sh[t out. we as the public want to voice our opinion on current affairs, no one really cares about people holding their breath. This is not news. But if discovery channel picked up this as a tv show, maybe i will contact them and tell them I'm willing to stand on one leg for while, and if they mind paying me????

  8. DJ Jones11:34am Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Dont hold your breath if you are waiting for Wayne Swan to have a budget surplus.

  9. Marcel11:34am Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    lucyB - thats the smell of kind man

  10. LucyB11:28am Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    If I could hold my breath for that long, I'd enjoy my daily train ride a lot more...