Courtesy of Red Bull Cliff Diving Media Service Team
Gripping men’s title fight continues as the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to Denmark for the 5th stop on August 25, 2018
Six-time champion Gary Hunt from England is back to his twisting best after scoring a stunning and much-needed victory at the previous competition and now aims for his third win in Denmark during the World Series’ 70th stop.
Strong competition comes from reigning champion Jonathan Paredes (MEX), who stepped up his game with a new dive and another podium finish in Switzerland, as well as the leader of the current standings, America’s Steven LoBue, the season’s only two-time winner.
When the stage is set for the 14 elite athletes to leap directly from the roof of the Opera House 27m above the water, thousands of cheering fans on land and water await their stunningly acrobatic free-falls in an attention-grabbing battle for the 2018 King Kahekili Trophy.
With the title contenders returning to winning forms as the season progresses, the most northerly point of the entire season provides not only the most panoramic view of Copenhagen, but also guarantees a tight fight for crucial points: Kick-off winner Kris Kolanus (POL) and World Series leader LoBue will continue trying to spin to victory with a five-somersault manoeuvre, as Paredes eyes the perfect execution of his steadily increasing dive list all to brave record winner Hunt who is back in excellent twisting form with high difficulty.
After executing their 3-second feats into two lakes, a river and the Atlantic Ocean already this season, the men will be trying to rip as cleanly as possible into Copenhagen harbour during the 70th competition of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
Solely reserved for the men, due to structural limitations of the location, the event will be hosted in the heart of the Danish capital, in front of a royal background. Amalienborg Palace is home to the royal family and only shortly after the traditional changing of the guard at high noon, the male cliff diving elite will draw all the attention to the 27m platform on the cantilever roof of the Opera House.
Click here for 2018’s permanent athletes.
Wildcards: Alain Kohl (LUX), Kyle Mitrione (USA), Nikita Fedotov (RUS), Oleksiy Prygorov (UKR), Sergio Guzman (MEX).
MEN (after 4 of 7 stops)
1- Steven LoBue USA – 540pts
2- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 420
3- Gary Hunt GBR – 410
3- Michal Navratil CZE – 410
5- Blake Aldridge GBR – 360
6- Andy Jones USA – 350
6- Kris Kolanus POL – 350
8- David Colturi USA – 330
9- Alessandro De Rose ITA – 229
10- Sergio Guzman (W) MEX – 170
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic free-falls and dives of ever growing complexity, spotlighting the sport’s finest athletes as well as the most promising talents and in 2014 it introduced a Women’s World Series. Celebrating its 10th season in 2018, this rapidly progressing sport will crown two new champions during seven demanding competitions for the men and five for the women. Between June and September, this pure extreme sport will hit waters in natural and urban environments as well as remote and iconic venues of World Series classics.
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