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RB Cliff Diving World Series 2018 | 3. stop – São Miguel, Azores (POR) | The fight for the title continues at the Azores!
When bare feet rise from the rocks, the world’s best cliff divers return to the sport’s origins on a tiny volcanic island in the Portuguese Azores for a record 7th time. Following a men’s thriller in Bilbao, which saw British 6-time champion Gary Hunt still struggling and reigning champion Jonathan Paredes from Mexico powering to his first 2018 podium finish, in the women’s it is Adriana Jimenez who will be the centre of attention after opening her account with a victory in Texas.
Adriana Jimenez is one of three previous winners in the Portugal leg of the World Series and has proven her versatility when it comes to leaping from rocks as well as a platform 21m above the ocean waves. The women’s two-time champion Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) knows how to cope with these challenges as well having won in 2016, but the Australian comes from a disappointing season opener, missing the Texas podium by 0.2pts in what was the closest women’s final ever.
After two competitions in the men’s, two different athletes accounted for a win and the six podium spots were claimed by six different athletes. A mentally blocked record winner Hunt, who currently only sits in 11th place overall, and the defending champion Paredes, who just found his form during the 2nd stop keep this anniversary season wide open and the championship is completely up in the air.
Men (nach 2 von 7 Stopps)
1- Steven LoBue USA – 270pts
2- Michal Navratil CZE – 250
3- Blake Aldridge GBR – 240
4- Kris Kolanus POL – 220
5- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 190
Women (nach 1 von 5 Stopps)
1- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 200pts
2- Jessica Macaulay (W) (GBR) – 160
3- Anna Bader (GER) – 130
4- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 110
5- Lysanne Richard (CAN) – 90
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2018 stops:
02. June 2018 – Texas (USA) 30. June 2018 – Bilbao (ESP)
- 14. July 2018 – São Miguel, Azores (POR)
- 05. August 2018 – Sisikon (SUI)
- 25. August 2018 – Kopenhagen (DEN)
- 08. September 2018 – Mostar (BIH)
- 23. September 2018 – Polignano a Mare (ITA)