Brit overcomes bridge jinx while America’s Carlton ends patchy form with victory in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

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Steven LoBue of the USA dives from the 27 metre platform on Stari Most during the fifth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina on September 16, 2017.

Brit overcomes bridge jinx while America’s Carlton ends patchy form with victory in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series’ penultimate stop in Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 16, 2017

England’s Gary Hunt returned to imperious form to score his second victory of the season in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in doing so reclaimed a lead at the top of the men’s overall standings. American Steven LoBue also repeated his best result of the season by taking second place, while 22- year-old wildcard and World Series debutante, Nikita Fedotov of Russia, produced a surprising but stunning performance to finish in third in front of 17,000 enthusiastic fans. In the women’s, Cesilie Carlton of the US put a poor season behind her to fire to a first victory since 2015, with Australia’s Helena Merten finishing in second place and German wildcard Anna Bader in third.

Cesilie Carlton (L) of the USA and Gary Hunt of the UK celebrate their wins next to Stari Most during the fifth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina on September 16, 2017.

Gary Hunt, GBR: “I definitely felt like this was a really important competition when you look at the Series. I arrived here and on the second day I read an article saying that I’ve never won a competition on a bridge and that kind of got to me and I said to myself ‘okay, I’m going to show you I can dive off a bridge’. It’s definitely exciting when the season is open on that last event. It’s a very strange feeling to finish the season when it’s already wrapped up. So it means it’s going to be a super exciting and fun event, but I’ll be carrying this victory with me and hopefully that confidence is going to help me win.”

Cesilie Carlton, USA: “This was a season of downs for me, so I feel amazing today, I’m ecstatic. The season was terrible for me, so come out and put four dives together, I’m beyond words. I’m so happy! The people here are amazing, the crowd is insane, you see them on the bridge and everywhere. It’s a great atmosphere.”

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 – Winning Dive Men – Mostar (BIH)

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Results:

Men:
1- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 400.90pts
2- Steven LoBue (USA) – 393.85
3- Nikita Fedotov (W) (RUS) – 376.25
4- Kris Kolanus (POL) – 376.10
5- Alessandro De Rose (W) (ITA) – 364.10
6- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 363.30
7- Michal Navratil (CZE) – 356.30
8- Sergio Guzman (MEX) – 268.30
9- Miguel Garcia (W) (COL) – 254.80
10- Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 234.70
11- David Colturi (USA) – 232.00
12- Oleksiy Prygorov (W) (UKR) – 222.50
13- Orlando Duque (COL) – 205.40
14- Andy Jones (USA) – 179.00

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 – Winning Dive Women – Mostar (BIH)

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Women:
1- Cesilie Carlton (USA) – 316.40pts.
2- Helena Merten (AUS) – 314.30
3- Anna Bader (W) (GER) – 280.50
4- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 275.50
5- Ginger Huber (USA) – 267.20
6- Yana Nestsiarava (W) (BLR) – 247.25
7- Eleanor Townsend Smart (W) (USA) – 114.40

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 Stops:

  • June 24th  –  Inis Mór (IRL)
  • July 9th  – Sao Miguel, Azores (POR)
  • July 23rd  – Polignano a Mare (ITA)
  • September 3rd – Texas (USA)
  • September 16th  – Mostar (BIH)
  • October 21st  – Lago Ranco (CHI)

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