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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-30-08 12:58 PM
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17 minutes without breathing-NEW World Record
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David Blaine breaks world record for holding one's breath
By TARA BURGHART 27 minutes ago

CHICAGO (AP) David Blaine set a new world record Wednesday for breath-holding 17 minutes and 4 seconds fulfilling what he said was "a lifelong dream."

The feat was broadcast live during "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and the studio audience cheered as divers pulled the 35-year-old magician from a water-filled sphere 8 feet in diameter. Less than two years ago, Blaine went into convulsions during a similar attempt.

"A lifelong dream," a relaxed-looking Blaine told Winfrey immediately after setting the record. "I can't believe that I did that."

While still underwater, Blaine worried his heart rate might be too high, saying he "actually started to doubt that I was going to make it" as a result. A lower heart rate helps minimize oxygen consumption.

The previous record was 16 minutes and 32 seconds, set Feb. 10 by Switzerland's Peter Colat, according to Guinness World Records.

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