Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) cements lead in third round of Red Bull Cliff Diving

The third round of Red Bull Cliff Diving took place over the weekend in picturesque Polignano A Mare, Italy.

In the women’s Australian Rhiannan Iffland rediscovered her fine form after missing the podium for the first time in nine events at the last stop. On a day of high drama, it was a pair of wildcards who powered into the top three behind Iffland. Brazil’s Jacqueline Valente secured the first podium of her career in second, with German Anna Bader grabbing another third-place finish, making it two in a row since returning from her baby break.

“I felt really good up there. At the first dive I felt a bit of pressure, because Ginger did an amazing dive and the second one I had Blake up there telling me what I had to do and how to do it,” Rhiannan said. “But I just let myself enjoy it and let the nerves pass. I had the injury so that was my main concern in the past week trying to get better for the next few competitions. I felt the pressure a lot and it was hard the first day of training here, but I couldn’t be happier now.”

In the overall standings from 21m, Australia leads ahead of Mexico, with previous event winner Adriana Jimenez in second, and Ginger Huber from the US, who performed the best scoring dive of the competition with all 9s from the judges, in third.

Results – Stop #3, Polignano a Mare | ITA

MEN

1- Alessandro De Rose (W) (ITA) – 397.00pts

2- David Colturi (USA) – 389.20

3- Andy Jones (USA) – 378.55

4- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 377.75

5- Michal Navratil (CZE) – 370.85

6- Orlando Duque (COL) – 357.30

7- Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 326.70

8- Artem Silchenko (W) (RUS) – 320.40

9- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 248.20

10- Sergio Guzman (MEX) – 236.30

11- Viktar Maslouski (W) (BLR) – 232.40

12- Steven LoBue (USA) – 223.35

13- Kris Kolanus (POL) – 216.10

14- Owen Weymouth (W) (GBR) – 205.95

WOMEN

1- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 305.80pts

2- Jacqueline Valente (W) (BRA) – 280.15

3- Anna Bader (W) (GER) – 279.05

4- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 269.55

5- Helena Merten (AUS) – 263.80

6- Ginger Huber (USA) – 263.60

7- Eleanor Townsend Smart (W) (USA) – 232.70

8- Cesilie Carlton (USA) – 219.80

Standings (after 3 of 6 stops)

MEN

1- Orlando Duque (COL) – 380pts

2- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 370pts

3- Andy Jones (USA) – 300

4- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 290

5- Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 280

5- David Colturi (USA) – 280

WOMEN

1- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 490pts

2- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 360

3- Ginger Huber (USA) – 340

4- Helena Merten (AUS) – 320

5- Anna Bader (GER) – 260

 

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 2017 the sport’s best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from up to 27m with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during six competitions around the world.

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