Sporting Life

In a single, long breath, Lim dives far into the deep blue sea

Encased in the deep blue of the ocean, Lim Anqi, a freediver, slowly sinks into the silence of the waters.

It's probably five times deeper than the deepest part of your pool and roughly the inverted third storey of an HDB block. Three thousand years ago in Japan, the Ama - or woman divers - descended 20m in search of food. There was no scuba equipment then, just ancient humans suggesting that mermaids weren't a myth.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2019, with the headline 'In a single, long breath, Lim dives far into the deep blue sea'. Print Edition | Subscribe