Alessia Zecchini

Summary

Alessia Zecchini
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NationalityItalian
OccupationProfessional Freediver

Alessia Zecchini is an Italian freediver who set world and Italian records in free diving.[1]

At the age of 13, she completed her first federal apnea course in A.s.d. "Apnea Blu Mare". In 2009 she changed clubs and became an athlete of Dive Free Roma and Nuoto Belle Arti.

Since 2012, she has been part of the indoor and outdoor Italian national freediving team, so far winning sixteen gold medals, five silver and two bronze at the World Championships[2] and three golds, six silvers and one bronze at the European Championships.[2]

She is currently the "deepest woman in the world[3]" with her −113 m[1] in constant weight (monofin), achieved in August 2019 during the World Championship in Roatán, Honduras.[4] On 18 October 2019 she became the first woman[5] to have reached a depth of −100 m[1] exclusively with the use of her arms (free immersion), during the “Nirvana Oceanquest” in Curacao.[6]

Background

Attracted to the sea from an early age, at the age of 13, she completed her first federal apnea course in the A.s.d. "Apnea Blu Mare", immediately showing a natural ability. In order to compete at the highest level of freediving, she had to comply with the then federal regulations and wait until she reached 18 years of age. Despite this, she was called to rallies with the national team, thanks to the “Talent Project" started by Maurizio Bellodi, even before she began to compete. In 2009 she changed clubs and joined both Dive Free Rome and Nuoto Belle Arti Roma, the historic fin swimming club where she trained. Since 2010 she has been under the guidance of Andrea Laureti and, in that year, she participated in her first two competitions, where she qualified for the subsequent Italian Championships. In 2011 she participated in her first Italian championship in Turin, winning two silver medals. In 2012 she debuted with the national team.

In 2013, Alessia used the guide rope to pull herself down to a depth of 81 meters without using ballast or fins and thereby set a new world record in the free immersion discipline recognized by the international diving association CMAS.[7]

In 2017 she began her outdoor training with international coach and safety diver Stephen Keenan, who died prematurely after a few months. Subsequently, she was under the guidance of Martin Zajac up until the conclusion of the 2018 competition season.

Since 2020 she has entrusted Gianfranco Concas to be her technical guide for outdoor disciplines and continues her athletic and indoor training with Andrea Laureti.

Career

From 2007 to 2010 she attended in rallies with the national team, although she could not compete in the top category due to her young age.

In 2011 she participated in her first Italian championship in Turin, taking the podium in second place, behind Ilaria Bonin. The placings achieved also in the following year earned her the call to be part of the national team. In 2012 she participated in her first CMAS European Championship[2] in Antalya, achieving good placings (fourth place in Jump Blue and sixth in static apnea).[2] In 2013, during the CMAS World Championship[2] in Kazan, she won the gold medal in static freediving (STA) with a time of 6' 23", then obtained a medal in every discipline, including a silver in dynamics without fins (DNF) and a bronze in dynamic with monofin (DYN). At the Italian Depth Championship in Ischia, she achieved her first CMAS world record in constant weight with the monofin (CWT) with −81 m.

In 2014, she participated in her first AIDA competition, the Team World Championship in Cagliari, winning three silver medals in dynamic apnea with the monofin with 223 m, in static apnea with the time of 6' 39", in constant weight with a depth of −84 m and setting two Italian records. At the CMAS European[2] Championship held in Tenerife, she won the silver medal in dynamic apnea with monofin (DYN) with 218 m, and third place in the static apnea competition with a time of 6' 08". During the Italian depth championship in Ischia, she achieved her second CMAS world record[2] in constant weight with the monofin (CWT) with −86 m.

In 2015 she took part in the CMAS Indoor[2] World Championship in Mulhouse and, together with her partner Ilaria Bonin, they won five gold and silver medals.[8] Alessia won the competition in dynamics without fins (DNF) with 165 m, also setting the CMAS world record. In that same competition she also won two silvers (DYN with 234 m and STA with a time of 6'35"). During the Outdoor World Championship in Ischia, organised by the Italian Federation of Sport Fishing and Underwater Activities, she won three gold medals with relative world records: in constant weight with monofin (CWT) with −93 m, in constant weight without tools (CNF) with −58 m and in jump blue (JB) with 190 m. Once again, in June 2016 in Lignano Sabbiadoro, during the CMAS Indoor World Championships: three golds and three CMAS world records with 171 m in dynamics without fins, 204 m in dynamics with fins (DYNBP) and 250 m in dynamics with monofin (DYN).[9]

The year 2017 crowned Alessia Zecchini as "the deepest woman in the world", after conquering the AIDA world record with −104 m depth in the Vertical Blue competition on May 10 on Long Island in the Bahamas. During the last days of the competition, Natalia Molchanova's record in constant weight (CWT) of −101 m (which had been held for six years), was beaten three times. On May 6, a historic day, Alessia was the first to go down and take off the tag at −102 m; breaking the world record. Four days later, Hanako Hirose dropped to −103 m but Alessia Zecchini was not deterred and only minutes later went on to detach the tag at −104 m, setting yet another world record.[10]

A month later, she participated in the CMAS European Indoor Championship in Cagliari swimming pool where she won three medals out of the three competitions (first place in DYN, second in DNF and second in DYNBP).[11] In August of the same year, she participated in the AIDA World Championships in Roatan where she became world champion in free-immersion setting a new Italian record at −88 m and vice world champion in constant weight with monofin with −98 m.[12] A disqualification denied her the silver medal even in constant weight without fins. In October, at the CMAS European Championship in Kaş, Turkey, she won two silver medals in CWT and CNF with −93 m and −63 m, a new Italian record. Also in the same year, during the Dungoncup in Milazzo she achieved the world record in dynamic apnea without fins with 181 m.[13][14][15]

In 2018 Alessia reconfirmed herself as the deepest woman in the world, setting the new AIDA world record in constant weight (CWT) on 10 May in San Andrès in Colombia in the Nirvana Oceanquest Freediving Competition. A month later, at the Indoor World Championships in Lignano Sabbiadoro, she won two silver medals in DYN and DNF and a gold medal in the bi-fin discipline where she set the new world record with 221 m. In July, in Long Island, in the prestigious Vertical Blue competition, she confirmed herself as the strongest freediver by winning the overall and setting four world records AIDA in all depth disciplines: – Constant weight without fins with −73 m, Free immersion with −93 m and then −96 m and Constant weight with monofin with −107 m.[16] In September of the same year she participated in the Dugoncup Outdoor in Milazzo setting two other world records in CWT (−101 m) and FIM (−89) but this time under the aegis of CMAS, before flying to the first edition of the Molchanova Gran Prix in memory of Natalia Molchanova, winning the competition. She participated in the CMAS Outdoor World Championship by winning three golds in the three competitions held, CWT, CNF and FIM where she set four CMAS world records, bringing the WR in constant weight with CMAS and AIDA to the same depth of −107 m.[17]

In April 2019, during the Dungoncup in Milazzo, she again set the world record in dynamic free diving without fins with 193 m. In June 2019 she participated, together with the Italian National team, in the CMAS Indoor European Championship in Istanbul, winning two gold medals with relative world records, 228 m in dynamics with fins and 253 m with monofin, and a silver medal in dynamics without fins. On 7 August 2019, during the CMAS Outdoor World Championship in Roatan in Honduras, at a depth of −113 meters, she set the new world record in constant weight freediving with monofin at the same time as Slovenian Alenka Artinik.[16] During this event she won three gold medals in CWT, CNF and FIM and set four world records during the competition and the competition that preceded it, the Caribbean Cup 2019.[18]

During the Nirvana Oceanquest 2019 event in Curacao, she set two world records in the discipline of free immersion under the aegis of AIDA with −98 m on October 16, 2019.[19] Two days later, with −100 m approved by CMAS, she became the first woman to touch this depth using only her arms.[5]

In July 2021, Alessia partecipates in the Vertical Blue on Long Island, Bahamas, winning the overall again and setting 3 CMAS World Records: -115 CWT, -74 CNF, -101 FIM.[20]

in October she takes part in the CMAS Outdoor World Championship 2021, in Kaş, winning a golden medal in CNF and one silver medal in CWTB. moreover, during the "CMAS TSSF Kaş Baska Freediving WC (competition before the world championship) Alessia conquers a new World Record in her first competition in CWTB with the depth of -105 mt, 10 meters more than the previous record.[21]

Accomplishments

Medals won, beginning from the first international competition in Kazan' in 2013:

Year Place Competition Discipline
2021 Kaş Turkey Outdoor World Championship Constant Weight without Fins senza cornice -69 m
2021 Kaş Turkey Outdoor World Championship Constant Weight with Bifins senza cornice -98 m
2021 Long Island The Bahamas Vertical Blue Freeimmersion senza cornice -101 m WR CMAS
2021 Long Island The Bahamas Vertical Blue Constant Weight without Fins senza cornice -74 m WR CMAS
2021 Long Island The Bahamas Vertical Blue Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice -115 m NR CMAS|-
2019 Curaçao Netherlands Nirvana Oceanquest Freeimmersion senza cornice −100 m WR CMAS
2019 Curaçao Netherlands Nirvana Oceanquest Freeimmersion senza cornice −98 m WR AIDA
2019 Roatan Honduras Outdoor World Championship Freeimmersion senza cornice −92 m
2019 Roatan Honduras Outdoor World Championship Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −113 m WR CMAS
2019 Roatan Honduras Outdoor World Championship Constant Weight without Fins senza cornice −72 m
2019 Roatan Honduras Caribbean Cup Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −112 m WR CMAS
2019 Roatan Honduras Caribbean Cup Constant Weight without Fins senza cornice −73 m WR CMAS
2019 Istanbul Turkey European Championship Indoor Dynamic with Monofin senza cornice 253 m WR CMAS
2019 Istanbul Turkey European Championship Indoor Dynamic with Bifins senza cornice 228 m WR CMAS
2019 Istanbul Turkey European Championship Indoor Dynamic without fins senza cornice 179 m
2019 Milazzo Italy Dugoncup Dynamic without fins senza cornice 193 m WR CMAS
2018 Kaş Turkey Outdoor World Championship Freeimmersion senza cornice −94 m WR CMAS
2018 Kaş Turkey Outdoor World Championship Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −107 m WR CMAS
2018 Kaş Turkey Outdoor World Championship Constant Weight without Fins senza cornice −70 m WR CMAS
2018 Ibiza Spain Molchanova Gran Prix Constant Weight without Fins senza cornice −69 m
2018 Ibiza Spain Molchanova Gran Prix Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −100 m
2018 Milazzo Italy Dugoncup Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −101 m WR CMAS
2018 Milazzo Italy Dugoncup Freeimmersion senza cornice −89 m WR CMAS
2018 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy Indoor World Championship Dynamic with Bifins senza cornice 221 m WR CMAS
2018 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy Indoor World Championship Dynamic with Monofin senza cornice 227 m
2018 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy Indoor World Championship Dynamic without fins senza cornice 163 m
2018 Long Island The Bahamas Vertical Blue Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −107 m WR AIDA
2018 Long Island The Bahamas Vertical Blue Constant Weight without Fins senza cornice −73 m WR AIDA
2018 Long Island The Bahamas Vertical Blue Freeimmersion senza cornice −96 m WR AIDA
2018 Long Island The Bahamas Vertical Blue Freeimmersion senza cornice −93 m WR AIDA
2018 San Andrès Colombia Nirvana Oceanquest Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −105 m WR AIDA
2017 Kaş Turkey Outdoor European Championship Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −93 m
2017 Kaş Turkey Outdoor European Championship Constant Weight without Fins senza cornice −63 m
2017 Roatan Honduras Outdoor World Championship Freeimmersion senza cornice −88 m NR AIDA
2017 Roatan Honduras Outdoor World Championship Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −98 m
2017 Cagliari Italy Indoor European Championship Dynamic with Bifins senza cornice 194 m
2017 Cagliari Italy Indoor European Championship Dynamic without fins senza cornice 157 m
2017 Cagliari Italy Indoor European Championship Dynamic with Monofin senza cornice 232 m
2017 Long Island The Bahamas Vertical Blue Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −104 m WR AIDA
2017 Long Island The Bahamas Vertical Blue Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −102 m WR AIDA
2017 Milazzo Italy Dugoncup Dynamic without fins senza cornice 181 m WR CMAS
2016 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy Indoor World Championship Dynamic with Monofin senza cornice 250 m WR CMAS
2016 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy Indoor World Championship Dynamic with Bifins senza cornice 204 m WR CMAS
2016 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy Indoor World Championship Dynamic without fins senza cornice 171 m WR CMAS
2015 Ischia Italy Outdoor World Championship Constant Weight without Fins senza cornice −58 m WR CMAS
2015 Ischia Italy Outdoor World Championship Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −93 m WR CMAS
2015 Ischia Italy Outdoor World Championship Jump Blue senza cornice 190 m WR CMAS
2015 Mulhouse France Indoor World Championship Dynamic with Monofin senza cornice 234 m
2015 Mulhouse France Indoor World Championship Static senza cornice 6'34"
2015 Mulhouse France Indoor World Championship Dynamic without fins senza cornice 165 m WR CMAS
2014 Ischia Italy Outdoor Italian Championship Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −86 m WR CMAS
2014 Tenerife Spain European Championship Dynamic with Monofin senza cornice 218 m
2014 Tenerife Spain European Championship Static senza cornice 6'08"
2014 Cagliari Italy Team World Championship AIDA Static senza cornice 6'39" NR AIDA
2014 Cagliari Italy Team World Championship AIDA Dynamic with Monofin senza cornice 223 m
2014 Cagliari Italy Team World Championship AIDA Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice 84 m NR AIDA
2013 Ischia Italy Outdoor Italian Championship Constant Weight with Monofin senza cornice −81 m WR CMAS
2013 Kazan' Russia Indoor World Championship Static senza cornice 6'23" WR CMAS
2013 Kazan' Russia Indoor World Championship Dynamic without fins senza cornice
2013 Kazan' Russia Indoor World Championship Dynamic with Monofin senza cornice

World Records:

During her carrier she set 31st World Records in the indoor and outdoor disciplines of freediving, 23 homologated by CMAS CMAS and 8 by AIDA.

CMAS HOMOLOGATION
N Discipline Performance Date Place
1 CWT −81 m 04/10/2013 Ischia Italy
2 CWT −86 m 04/10/2014 Ischia Italy
3 DNF 165 m 27/07/2015 Mulhouse France
4 JB 190 m 09/10/2015 Ischia Italy
5 CWT −93 m 06/10/2015 Ischia Italy
6 CNF −58 m 08/10/2015 Ischia Italy
7 DNF 171 m 08/06/2016 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy
8 DYNBP 204 m 10/06/2016 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy
9 DYN 250 m 11/06/2016 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy
10 DNF 181 m 11/03/2017 Milazzo Italy
11 DYNBP 221 m 15/06/2018 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy
12 FIM −89 m 01/09/2018 Milazzo Italy
13 CWT −101 m 02/09/2018 Milazzo Italy
14 CNF −70 m 03/10/2018 Kaş Turkey
15 CWT −107 m 02/10/2018 Kaş Turkey
16 FIM −94 m 06/10/2018 Kaş Turkey
17 DNF 193 m 06/04/2019 Milazzo Italy
18 DYNBP 228 m 21/06/2019 Istanbul Turkey
19 DYN 253 m 22/06/2019 Istanbul Turkey
20 CNF −73 m 03/08/2019 Roatan Honduras
21 CWT −112 m 05/08/2019 Roatan Honduras
22 CWT −113 m 08/08/2019 Roatan Honduras
23 FIM −100 m 18/10/2019 Curaçao Netherlands
24 CWT -115 m 13/07/2021 Long Island The Bahamas
25 CNF -74 m 15/07/2021 Long Island The Bahamas
26 FIM -101 m 17/07/2021 Long Island The Bahamas
27 CWTB -105 m 30/09/2021 Kaş Turkey
AIDA HOMOLOGATION
N Disciplina Performance Data Luogo
1 CWT −102 m 06/05/2017 Long Island The Bahamas
2 CWT −104 m 10/05/2017 Long Island The Bahamas
3 CWT −105 m 04/05/2018 San Andrès Colombia
4 FIM −93 m 16/07/2018 Long Island The Bahamas
5 CNF −73 m 22/07/2018 Long Island The Bahamas
6 FIM −96 m 24/07/2018 Long Island The Bahamas
7 CWT −107 m 26/07/2018 Long Island The Bahamas
8 FIM −98 m 16/10/2019 Curaçao Netherlands

Clarification:

  • 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.

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