Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Six-time champion and mother of three boost 2018 overall Cliff Diving hopes.
– 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.
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