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Disabled French Athelete Sets New Diving World Record

A French swimmer who lacks legs and arms successfully dived through a 33-meter deep tunnel in Brussels. 2013-01-10 06:27 PM EST Last Updated: 2013-01-10 06:27 PM EST
A French swimmer who lacks legs and arms successfully dived through a 108-foot deep well in Brussels on Thursday (January 10).

 

The limbless athlete set a new world record in disabled diving, at the world's deepest indoor swimming pool.

 

Philippe Croizon, had his limbs amputated after a 1994 electrical accident at age 26. 

 

He completed the underwater achievement with the aide of paddle-like prosthetics with flippers  and with the help of 15 experienced divers.

 

Collectively these senior divers can boast  33-thousand diving expeditions.

The French athlete said he was very proud to be in the company of such experienced divers. 

 

[Philippe Croizon, Limbless French Athlete]:

"To dive with them, it's going to be a pretty amazing world record. And this is proof that diving is for both older and disabled people too, without any problem. I'm the only disabled person in the group, that means that disabled and non-disabled—it’s all the same." 

 

Although Croizon's special prostheses allow him to propel himself through water, his fellow divers assisted him in the descent.

 

[Philippe Croizon, Limbless French Athlete]:

"To unfold the world record banner down there was a moment of sheer happiness. Like I said, I've dived with a good number of people and we always look at each other in the eye, but I had never seen so many hands up, everybody had a smile on their faces. A moment of sheer happiness.”

 

Many curious viewers followed Croizon's dive, as the diving tank is located in a restaurant that has windows overlooking it.

 

The quadruple amputee athlete also uses paddle-like prosthetics to swim. He has crossed the English Channel, the Red Sea and other major waterways. 

 

He has made headlines after parachuting from an airplane and has written a book about his experiences, called "I decided to live" ("J'ai decide de vivre").

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