Hunt and Richard make emotional return to form at colourful Sisikon

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Six-time champion and mother of three boost 2018 overall Cliff Diving hopes.

Gary Hunt and and Lysanne Richard produced an emotional return to form at the fourth 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series stop in Sisikon, Switzerland on Sunday. Here is all you need to know:

– Six-time champion Hunt has suffered a troubling time with a mental block on twists causing his 2017 title loss to Jonathan Paredes and a slow start to 2018.

– The 34-year-old, though, looked back to his brilliant best diving into a packed Lake Lucerne as he moved ahead of Mexican rival Paredes into the last round.

– After American Andy Jones had grabbed the lead on his injury return, Paredes pulled off a stunning 9.5 dive from all the judges to leave Briton Hunt needing 104.90.

– Even though his entry was not the best, Hunt’s execution was good enough to beat Paredes for his 31st win in 69 events since Cliff Diving first started.

– He declared: “This is not the old Gary Hunt, today it was a different man. Gary 2.0. Once you have a mental block it never really goes away, you just learn to deal with it.”

– American Steve LoBue missed out on a victory hat-trick in sixth, however he holds a commanding overall lead over Paredes and Hunt heading to Copenhagen.

– In the women’s event, Canadian Richard improved on her third in Portugal with an emotional win after the mother of three missed 2017 with a neck injury.

– The 36-year-old’s third World Series victory denied Australian Rhiannan Iffland victory with British wild card Jessica Macaulay grabbing a popular third.

– Richard explained, “It was so emotional to win here, I couldn’t stop crying. Just being back was already a big win. I’m really grateful for all the help that I got.”

– Iffland leads overall heading to Mostar next after a picturesque Swiss stop that played out in front of a sold-out crowd on boats, kayaks and inflatables.

Men’s Sisikon result:

1. Gary Hunt GBR 411.35 points
2. Jonathan Paredes MEX 407.05
3. Andy Jones USA 369.25

Men’s 2018 standings:

1. Steven LoBue USA 540 points
2. Jonathan Paredes MEX 420
3. Gary Hunt GBR 410
3. Michal Navratil CZE 410

Women’s Sisikon result:

1. Lysanne Richard CAN 313.45 points
2. Rhiannan Iffland AUS 307.35
3. Jessica Macaulay GBR 297

Women’s 2018 standings:

1. Rhiannan Iffland AUS 470 points
2. Adriana Jimenez MEX 450
3. Lysanne Richard CAN 420

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