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Colombian legend and Australian star explore ‘Sun City’ of Jodhpur in India.
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series stars Orlando Duque and Rhiannan Iffland dived into the historic Toorji Step Well in India to mark the end of another sensational year for the sport. Here is all you need to know:
– Colombian legend Duque called time on an amazing competitive career, while Australian Iffland produced a superb, unbeaten season for her fourth title in a row.
– The duo travelled to India to cap off another exciting season and explored the so-called ‘Sun City’ or ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur in Rajasthan to dive at an historic spot.
– The exceptional venue of Toorji Step Well was built almost 300 years ago by Queen Maharaja Abhay Singh’s Consort with a recent restoration process uncovering over 200 feet of beautiful, intricate carvings of dancing elephants, medieval lions and cow waterspouts.
– The Toorji Step Well now serves as Jodhpur’s unofficial local swimming pool with Duque and Iffland unveiling their freefalls from up to 20m down into the water.
– With the first-ever professional cliff dives on this subcontinent, the experienced pair rounded their unique years out in style to herald a new cliff diving era.
– Duque, 45, the only person who has dived from locations in all seven continents, revealed: “It’s my first time in India and I am really excited about the location. It combines a little bit of history, a beautiful location and really tricky, too. It’s a very small area for landing. Amazing. One of the best locations I have seen so far.”
– Iffland, 28, added: “I have not really experienced anything similar to India. It’s got its own flavour and it’s so busy but the people at the same time are so peaceful. It was such an awesome experience to dive in there and after the first, second dive shook off the nerves and it was so much fun I was keen to go back and do it again.”
– The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns in May 2020 at a brand new location in Indonesia with the champions crowned after eight stops around the world on Iffland’s home soil in Sydney for the first time.