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Winning Dive clips | RB Cliff Diving World Series 2019 in Dublin (IRL) | Victories for Constantin Popovic (ROM) & Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) in freezing cold water
For their latest adventure the extreme athletes of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series travelled to Ireland’s capital Dublin – more precisely to the harbour of Dún Laoghaire It takes the divers 3 seconds from the platforms to the water below to add their magic to the area’s history: It took 42 years to construct the harbour, from 1817 to 1859 – a place with history. On the final day, 85.000 spectators cheered the 23 athletes to extraordinary feats from the East Pier.
Constantin Popovici, Olympic diver from Romania, earned the top score from the jury and put an end to Gary Hunt’s (GBR) winning streak from the 27m platform in one of the closest results to date. America’s David Colturi placed third in an event held with an adjusted format due to cold water. It was the immaculate execution of his final round dive, an inward 4 somersault half twist pike, that earned the 30-year-old his first ever 10, the highest possible score, in the World Series, becoming the 14th man to win an event. Following the Romanian’s second place at the season opener in the Philippines, World Series record winner Gary Hunt expects a very tight race for the 2019 King Kahekili Trophy. The ‘brilliant Brit’ fell short of his 36th win today by just 1.85 points, however he distanced himself from Colturi in third place by 78.6 points in the chilly conditions in Dublin Bay.
With a dominant 30-point win Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland was the pinnacle of perfection in the women’s competition when the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series debuted in Ireland’s Dún Laoghaire Harbour. Canada’s Lysanne Richard took her second podium this season while Adriana Jimenez of Mexico completed the top three. From the 21m platform in the women’s category, 27-year-old Iffland extended her five point day one lead over her nearest rival from Canada to create a little piece of history. Her victory in Ireland equalled the longest women’s winning streak – four in a row across seasons – held by former champion Rachelle Simpson (USA). In front of 85,000 fans gathered on the pier on Sunday, Richard kept her title hopes alive by making it two podiums in a row while 2018 runner-up Jimenez defied the wind to secure her ninth career podium.
Official statement: As the water temperature at the competition site at Dún Laoghaire Harbour is below 12 degrees – the minimum temperature according to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series rulebook – all optional/hard dives cannot be performed by the divers due to an increased risk of injury. Despite this, the athletes of the World Series still want to display their skills and crown the winners of the Irish Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series stop for the fans and spectators. The divers are free to choose the difficulty of the dives they are comfortable to perform in these conditions. Because of this necessary format change the results of this competition will not count towards the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series overall standings.
1 Constantin Popovici (ROU) – 454.95 pts
2 Gary Hunt (GBR) – 453.10
3 David Colturi (USA) – 374.50
4 Alessandro De Rose (ITA) – 373.00
5 Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 365.10
1 Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 341.50 pts
2 Lysanne Richard (CAN) – 310.60
3 Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 280.60
4 Iris Schmidbauer (GER) – 275.60
5 Yana Nestsiarava (BLR) – 262.90
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)