David Blaine Breaks Breath-Holding Record
Endurance artist sets new record at 17 minutes, 4 seconds
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 12:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – David Blaine broke the world record for holding one’s breath today when he was submerged for 17 minutes and 4 seconds during a taping of Oprah. The endurance artist looked relaxed emerging from a water-filled sphere, the AP reports. Blaine had undergone simulated altitude training and pure oxygen treatment to prepare for the feat. The previous record was 16 minutes, 32 seconds.