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Russian athlete breaks Guinness record for underwater bench press

Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A Russian athlete broke a Guinness World Record when he went underwater and bench pressed a 110-pound barbell 76 times before coming up for air.

Vitaly Vivchar of Tomsk said he trained for two months before taking on the record Thursday at Lebyazhye Lake.

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He said the feat combined his skills as a championship weight lifter with his amateur hobby of free diving.

Vivchar managed 76 repetitions, beating the previous record, set by U.S. man Greg Wittstock, by 14.

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