PHOTO ALERT: Iffland and Popovici triumph at Dublin’s diving debut

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

First Red Bull Cliff Diving event in Irish capital sees divers leap from up to 27m.

There was a new name at the top of the men’s podium in Dublin, while a familiar face triumphed in the women’s competition on a record-breaking debut weekend for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Dún Laoghaire Harbour. Here is all you need to know:

– Romania’s Constantin Popovici won in only his second event. He had placed second in his debut event at the 2019 season opener in El Nido in the Philippines.

– Popovici’s victory ends Gary Hunt’s five-event winning streak. He beat the British seven-time champion by just 1.85 points; one of the closest winning margins in World Series history.

– American David Colturi placed third in the men’s competition, over 75 points behind Hunt.

– There was a more predictable result in the women’s event, with reigning champion Rhiannan Iffland of Australia claiming the win by a dominant 30-point margin.

– Canada’s Lysanne Richard placed second, with Mexico’s Adriana Jimenez a further 30 point back in third.

– The event was held atDún Laoghaire Harbour in Dublin in front of a record weekend crowd of 145,000.

– Conditions saw the event format adjusted. Because the water temperature was below 12 degrees – the minimum temperature according to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series rulebook – not all optional/hard dives could be performed by the divers due to an increased risk of injury. The athletes were free to choose the difficulty of the dives they felt comfortable performing in the conditions. Because of this, the results of the competition do not count towards the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series overall standings.

Results – Stop #2, Dublin, IRL

1. Constantin Popovici ROU – 454.95pts
2. Gary Hunt GBR – 453.10
3. David Colturi USA – 374.50
4. Alessandro De Rose (W) ITA – 373.00
5. Blake Aldridge GBR – 365.10

1. Rhiannan Iffland AUS – 341.50pts
2. Lysanne Richard CAN – 310.60
3. Adriana Jimenez MEX – 280.60
4. Iris Schmidbauer (W) GER – 275.60
5. Yana Nestsiarava BLR – 262.90

Standings (after 2 of 7 stops)

1. Gary Hunt GBR – 200pts
2. Constantin Popovici ROU – 160
3. Jonathan Paredes MEX – 130
4. Kris Kolanus POL – 110
5. Steven LoBue USA – 90

1. Rhiannan Iffland AUS – 200pts
2. Yana Nestsiarava BLR– 160
3. Lysanne Richard CAN – 130
4. Jessica Macaulay GBR – 110
5. Adriana Jimenez MEX – 90

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