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Blind diver breaks his own record
Mark Threadgold
Mark Threadgold set the new diving record in the Red Sea
A Sussex sportsman has set a new world record by becoming the first blind diver to reach a depth of 100 metres.

Mark Threadgold, 38, from Saltdean, lost his sight six years ago but has already notched up world records for power boating and water speed.

He achieved his latest record - something very few sighted divers have achieved - in the Red Sea, in Egypt.

He smashed the previous record, which he also held, by 30 metres following months of intensive training.

Speaking earlier this year, the experienced diver said: "Just because I'm blind, it doesn't stop me doing anything that anybody else does. We've still got ambitions - if you can do it, I can do it too."

Mr Threadgold is a member of the Brighton-based charity for blind ex-servicemen and women, St Dunstans.




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