Plunge for Distance

The plunge for distance is a common event in the backyard pool, but it is hardly a great spectator sport. The competitors begin with a standing dive, then have to remain motionless underwater for one minute or until their head break the surface of the water, whichever comes first. The longest distance recorded wins.

This unusual sporting event was once held at the 1904 Olympic Games as part of the swimming program, but not surprisingly it was never seen again on the world stage.

Is it really extinct?

I was under the impression that the sport died out after its peak in 1904, but there was a recent reference to an Australian Plunge for Distance Diving Association, and possibly more people around the world that are involved in this sport. A World Championships was planned for 2012, but did it happen?swimmer dive

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