04/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Peter Colat, Swiss Diver, Breaks World Record For Holding Breath Underwater

Peter Colat, 38, held his breath in a water tank in St Gallen, Switzerland for 19 minutes and 21 seconds, smashing the previous world record set by Italian Nicola Putignano last May.

Competitors for the record are allowed to breath pure oxygen for 30 minutes before entering the water, where they have to enter an extremely relaxed state to minimize oxygen use.

Magician David Blaine held the record in 2008, holding his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds.

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