Mount Fuji taster for Japan debut

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Orlando Duque of Colombia dives 15 metres from Ushitsuki Iwa (Bull's Rock) in Shizuoka, the home of Mount Fuji, prior to the eighth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Kumomi, Japan on October 13, 2016.
Orlando Duque of Colombia dives 15 metres from Ushitsuki Iwa (Bull’s Rock) in Shizuoka, the home of Mount Fuji, prior to the eighth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Kumomi, Japan on October 13, 2016.

Titles on line at penultimate Cliff Diving World Series round this weekend.

Thirteen-time world champion Orlando Duque has given us an amazing taster for the latest round of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Japan.

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.

In terms of overall titles, Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes needs to put pressure on Gary Hunt as the Brit moves closer to his record-setting sixth title.

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.

Elsewhere 25-year-old Rhiannan Iffland and Canadian Lysanne Richard will resume their thrilling fight in the women’s event.

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.

More information on Cliff Diving World Series HERE.

Orlando Duque of Colombia is seen in Shizuoka, the home of Mount Fuji, prior to the eighth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Kumomi, Japan on October 13, 2016.
Orlando Duque of Colombia is seen in Shizuoka, the home of Mount Fuji, prior to the eighth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Kumomi, Japan on October 13, 2016.

 

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