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Titles on line at penultimate Cliff Diving World Series round this weekend.
The 42-year-old travelled to Kumomi at the base of the 3,776m high Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to dive from Ushitsuki Iwa aka the ‘Bull’s Rock’.
Legend has it that a bull arrived on these rocks after surviving a disastrous flood about 200 years ago, giving them – connected by the rope ‘Shimenawa’, which indicates holiness – their name.
Colombian Duque will be battling it out with his 28m diving rivals at Shirahama’s stunning Sandanbeki cliffs to see who qualifies for the 2017 season.
Paredes will need to produce his very best form in the air and rip entries to have any chance of taking home the King Kahekili Trophy, the silk ribbon of cliff diving excellence awarded for the overall victory.
Hunt is the only athlete so far this season to win three events in a row, something that the Czech Republic’s Michal Navratil – third in the overall standings – could also achieve with another victory.
Iffland, the surprise rookie from Australia, holds a 3-2 lead in victories this season over three-time mother Richard who cut the gap to a slender one in Mostar ahead of the Japanese event and Dubai season closer.