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Best Moments clip | 2019 RB Cliff Diving World Series kick-off | Hunt (GBR) & Iffland (AUS) win first stop on the Philippines
7-time champion Gary Hunt began this season where he left off – the brilliant Brit is unbeaten in five competitions across seasons. In El Nido’s beautiful lagoons Romania’s Constantin Popovici edged the leader after three rounds, Jonathan Paredes from Mexico, out of second place in his first competition as a permanent diver from 27 metres. Three-time champion Rhiannan Iffland got off to a flyer in this unspoilt location off the Philippines’ Palawan Island. Yana Nestsiarava from Belarus equalled her best-ever finish in second place, with Canada’s Lysanne Richard completing the podium.
Gary Hunt (GBR): “I knew it was going to be a tough competition. Constantin pushed me right until the edge and that’s been like that for a couple of competitions now. I know it’s not going to be easy, but that’s one. I want to be diving against the best people in the world and here is where I can do that. I don’t want to be just on my own. It’s much more fun when it’s a fight. A wonderful location. When you think of cliff diving you think of a place like this. We found some really great places and what better way than come away with a win.”
Rhiannan Iffland (AUS): “Super happy and a bit surprised as well. I was standing up there and thought the win is a bit out of my reach, but I do like that extra bit of pressure. It definitely helps me when I’m out on the
platform. It helps me to stay calm and collected and enjoy what I do. Super stoked and kind of out of words. It’s a good start, but the rest of the season I’d like to be just as consistent. I did four consistent dives here in the Philippines. I’d like to carry that on for the rest of the season and I’ll be happy if I can do so. Some say it’s not easy, but I actually really enjoy diving off the cliffs; I love being out in nature and I love the extra adrenaline you get standing up on the cliffs. It shows a little bit more versatility with the dives also, so I’m excited that we have two more stops with off the cliffs dives coming up this season.
Standings (after 1 of 7 stops):
1- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 200pts.
2- Constantin Popovici (ROU) – 160
3- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 130
4- Kris Kolanus (POL) – 110
5- Steven LoBue (USA) – 90
1- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 200pts.
2- Yana Nestsiarava (BLR) – 160
3- Lysanne Richard (CAN) – 130
4- Jessica Macaulay (GBR) – 110
5- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 90
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2019 stops:
- 13. April 2019 – El Nido, Palawan (PHI)
- 12. May 2019 – Dublin (IRL)
- 02. June 2019 – Polignano a Mare (ITA)
- 22. June 2019 – Sao Miguel, Azores (POR)
- 14. July 2019 – Beirut (LBN)
- 24. August 2019 – Mostar (BIH)
- 14. September 2019 – Bilbao (ESP)