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RB Cliff Diving World Series 2018 – Finale – Polignano a Mare (ITA) | Gary Hunt and Rhiannan Iffland are 2018’s champions!
England’s Gary Hunt and Rhiannan Iffland of Australia were at their imperious best as they fought off the strong challenge of their rivals and completed their own personal comebacks to secure the title at the final stop of the 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Polignano a Mare, Italy. While for Hunt it was a record seventh King Kahekili Trophy in this 10th anniversary season, Iffland can now lay claim to being the most successful female diver in the sport’s history after making it a hat-trick of World Series championship wins in front of 70,000 passionate fans at the place where houses rise from the rocks.
America’s Steven LoBue, who had led the men’s standings for most of the season, finished runner-up at both this stop and in the overall standings, while Mexican Jonathan Paredes’ third place on Italy’s Adriatic coast also mirrors his final position. In the women’s, Iffland’s title rivals failed to find their very best form, with Mexico’s Adriana Jimenez finishing fourth on the day to fall back to second place overall, while Canadian Lysanne Richard’s second place secured her the final spot on the overall podium.
Gary Hunt (GBR): “It feels kind of strange, I forbid myself to imagine this moment. After what happened last year I said just take it as it comes if it comes and so to live this moment now I’m so, so happy. This season has really reminded me how much I love the sport. This place was a great idea to have as a final, because this town loves this sport and it’s a natural amphitheatre for this competition. This is absolutely my most special season win. It’s just the road I went on this winter, it was a really tough one and made me question myself why I’m doing this and do I want to do this. A few tough results at the start. I learned a lot about myself this year and for that reason it’s very special.”
Rhiannan Iffland (AUS): “I’m kind of lost of words. It still hasn’t sunk in yet, but I knew I had to do a consistently good competition. I knew I had to smash it really. That was all that was in my head. Go out on the platform and be yourself and do it how you know it. I think it was a smart move to put the most difficult dive yesterday, so I had more energy. But the crowd and the atmosphere here today was filling me with energy anyway, so either way I’m super stoked. I love this place, it’s one of my favourite stops and it is very special to stand up on the platform and look out and see all these people passionate about this sport.”
Men (after 7 of 7 stops)
1- Gary Hunt GBR – 1010 pts
2- Steven LoBue USA – 950
3- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 790
4- Michal Navratil CZE – 680
5- Andy Jones USA – 570
Women (after 5 of 5 stops)
1- Rhiannan Iffland AUS – 830 pts
2- Adriana Jimenez MEX – 760
3- Lysanne Richard CAN – 690
4- Jessica Macaulay (W) GBR – 600
5- Yana Nestsiarava BLR – 510
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2018 stops:
02. June 2018 – Texas (USA) 30. June 2018 – Bilbao (ESP) 14. July 2018 – São Miguel, Azores (POR)
05. August 2018 – Sisikon (SUI) 25. August 2018 – Kopenhagen (DEN) 08. September 2018 – Mostar (BIH)
- 23. September 2018 – Polignano a Mare (ITA)