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Russian champion soars to victory in the men’s as Canadian Richard wins for first time in her Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series career in Polignano a Mare, Italy, on 28 August 2016
The winning streaks of Britain’s Gary Hunt and wildcard Rhiannan Iffland from Australia came to a dramatic end in Polignano a Mare on Sunday afternoon, following a climactic final, which ended with Artem Silchenko and Canada’s Lysanne Richard celebrating on top of the podium in front of an enthusiastic 70,000 spectators. It was Silchenko’s first win since 2014, courtesy of an amazing final round dive, while mother of three Richard grabbed her first ever victory with three superb dives from 21.5m. Steven LoBue and Jonathan Paredes finished second and third in the men’s 27m event, with Iffland and Rachelle Simpson completing the women’s podium. Gary Hunt, who was aiming for his fourth consecutive win, failed to make the final round for only the third time in his career.
While the Brit only finished on a 10th place, the 2013 World Series champion Artem Silchenko came back strong after a month of no diving and 23 months after his last victory. A little shorter was Steven LoBue’s podium dry spell as the American made it onto the podium for the first time since his win in Bilbao in 2015. Going into the final round as the leader was Mexican Jonathan Paredes, who reduces the gap to the overall leader Gary Hunt with the fourth podium finish in five competitions to sit in a strong second place going into the second half of the season.
With today’s victory in the European home of cliff diving, 32-year-old Silchenko cut down his overall lag to half and is now in fifth place, tied with the absent Czech Michal Navratil, who’s recovering from a knee surgery and will come back at the next stop in Wales.
In the women’s it was Canadian Lysanne Richard who dived to her first ever World Series victory following a strong first day of competition in her favourite cliff diving location. After pocketing the 2016 FINA world cup earlier this year, the 34-year-old is the 4th female to dominate an event and the one athlete to stop the ‘rocking rookie’ from Australia. Wildcard Rhiannan Iffland has taken the World Series by surprise and won the first two stops she’s ever competed in. Today she finished second ahead of two-time overall champion Rachelle Simpson. The American celebrated her first podium since last September when she was crowned champion in this location.
After three of seven stops for the women, the overalls are still led by Iffland, followed by today’s winner Richard and another Australian on third, rookie Helena Merten.
When the World Series travels to Wales in two weeks’ time, it will be a debut for the women in Pembrokeshire’s Blue Lagoon, where Gary Hunt will be ready to strike back on home soil on September 11.
Quotes from the Winners
Artem Silchenko, RUS
I’m really happy because I haven’t been on the podium for long time. I don’t even talk about the victory. Yes, I dived well today and my last handstand started to work again and with this dive I made the first place today.
Lysanne Richard, CAN
It’s great to dive here, actually it’s my favorite place to dive. It’s really great, the crowd is amazing; the people are super nice, we really feel all the community together with us. It’s really impressive and the visuals and the water are perfect, really great. Good conditions to do good dives!
1. Artem Silchenko, RUS – 487.35pts.
2. Steven LoBue, USA – 480.90
3. Jonathan Paredes, MEX – 474.95
4. Alessandro De Rose (W), ITA – 472.35
5. Orlando Duque, COL – 466.40
6. Andy Jones, USA – 448.70
7. Sergio Guzman, MEX – 432.40
8. David Colturi, USA – 398.90
9. Alain Kohl (W), LUX – 298.15
10. Gary Hunt, GBR – 297.00
11. Kris Kolanus (W), POL – 294.30
12. Blake Aldridge, GBR – 288.75
13. Igor Semashko (W), RUS – 232.00
14. Jorge Ferzuli (W), MEX – 179.80
1. Lysanne Richard, CAN – 244.20pts.
2. Rhiannan Iffland (W), AUS – 239.80
3. Rachelle Simpson, USA – 215.50
4. Adriana Jimenez, MEX – 214.80
5. Ginger Huber, USA – 214.40
6. Helena Merten, AUS – 205.35
7. Cesilie Carlton, USA – 194.40
8. Iris Schmidbauer (W), GER – 116.70
Standings MEN (after 5 of 9 stops)
1. Gary Hunt, GBR – 740pts.
2. Jonathan Paredes, MEX – 660
3. Andy Jones, USA – 460
4. Orlando Duque, COL – 450
5. Michal Navratil, CZE – 360
5. Artem Silchenko, RUS – 360
7. Steven LoBue, USA – 350
8. David Colturi, USA – 330
8. Kris Kolanus (W), POL – 330
10. Blake Aldridge, GBR – 258
11. Alessandro De Rose (W), ITA – 208
12. Sergio Guzman, MEX – 178
13. Alain Kohl (W), LUX – 90
14. Kyle Mitrione (W), USA – 59
15. Jucelino Junior (W), BRA – 30
16. Viktar Maslouski (W), BLR – 20
17. Miguel Garcia (W), COL – 17
18. Todor Spasov (W), BUL – 9
18. Cyrille Oumedjkane (W), FRA – 9
18. Igor Semashko (W), RUS – 9
21. Jorge Ferzuli (W) MEX – 8
Standings WOMEN (after 3 of 7 stops)
1. Rhiannan Iffland (W), AUS – 560pts.
2. Lysanne Richard, CAN – 450
3. Helena Merten, AUS – 310
4. Cesilie Carlton, USA – 290
5. Ginger Huber, USA – 280
6. Adriana Jimenez, MEX – 270
7. Rachelle Simpson, USA – 260
8. Yana Nestsiarava (W), BLR – 90
9. Tara Hyer-Tira (W), USA – 50
9. Iris Schmidbauer (W), GER – 50
11. Jaki Valente (W), BRA – 40
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for exhilarating action and dives of ever-growing complexity. The series features elite athletes as well as young up-and-coming talent and a Women’s World Series was introduced in 2014. In 2016 the sport’s best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from breathtaking heights with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during nine competitions around the world.