The lead pair pulled off a thrilling victory on an action packed day.
Gary Hunt and Rhiannon Ifland maintain their winning form on a dramatic and barely believable day at the fourth stop of the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Downpatrick Head, Ireland. Here’s everything you need to know:
Held on the rugged Irish coast, four-time champion Ifland was simply untouchable. Starting the third round in an unfamiliar third, the Australian took his rivals out of the water with a sensational ‘perfect dive’, earning five 10s from the judges—the highest score—for the first time in his illustrious career.
Ifland not only became the first woman to achieve the feat, she also surpassed her previous record for the highest singles dive score and registered her 11th consecutive World Series win.
Joining Ifland on the podium were Canada’s Jessica Macaulay in second place and a fellow Australian, wildcard Xanthia Penisi, who produced a career-best performance to finish in the top three for the first time.
Ifland said: “It’s great to be on top of the stage once again. I was feeding a little too much from my training partner Xanthia Penicci. It was neck and neck today when it came to the last two rounds and I think I did Really took the pressure off and I enjoyed it.”
She continued: “She used to dive into the warm-up, it didn’t go so well, so I decided I had to change my mindset for the competition and made sure I gave it my full. I ran through the water Gone and went ‘Wow, that really worked’. I’m super stoked and I feel like I need to find ways to spice it up and push myself.
“I feel like I can relax a bit now and enjoy competitions a little more. Having said that, I still want to go out there and give my all to break those scores again. I That’s what I am aiming for going forward.”
In the men’s competition, Hunt took his 41st career win after a thrilling day of diving. The Frenchman earned three 10s in Saturday’s second round but saw his rivals take the pressure off with a series of high-scoring dives in the third and fourth rounds.
Romania’s Konstantin Popovici started the 10s by earning four of them for his third-round dive. Then, in the final round, English prodigy Aidan Heslop scored two, Italy’s Alessandro De Rosé three, while Spanish wildcard Carlos Gimeno enthralled the crowd with his first-ever perfect handstand dive, the only one to ever achieve five 10s. Became the third person. judges.
Despite this series of incredible dives, Hunt withstood the challenge from the chasing pack to claim the victory. Popovici finished second, while De Ros made it to the top three for the first time since 2017.
Hunt said: “I expect fireworks from Italy. I think everyone is really making their own progress. You have seen how many 10 have been awarded this contest and everyone is getting comfortable. It will be really, really hard, but that’s what I love about this game. It is getting tougher every year and let’s hope this season ends with a bang.
The 37-year-old added: “It’s a special victory for me because I’m going home and going to my father-in-law’s funeral, so I can hopefully bring a little bit of joy to him and this is one for him.” Dedicated.”
On a weekend that would go down in cliff diving history, a record 23 top notes were handed out, the first time two perfect dives were recorded in a single stop and Gimeno became the first diver to have made a straight dive. Rocks during the first round.
Next up for the world’s best reef divers is a trip to Puglia, Italy, on September 22.
1. Gary Hunt FRA 442.50
2. Konstantin Popovici ROU 433.60
3. Alessandro de Rose ITA 419.55
4. Carlos Gimeno (W) ESP 395.40
5. David Colturi USA 393.10
position of men
1. Gary Hunt FRA 560 Points
2. Konstantin Popovici ROU 450
3. Caitlin Preda (W) ROU 339
4. Alessandro de Rose ITA 314
5. Carlos Gimeno (W) ESP232
1. Ryan Ifland AUS 391.60
2. Jessica Macaulay CAN 343.80
3. Xanthia Penicii (W) AUS 338.20
4. Molly Carlson Can 316.80
5. Eleanor Smart 302.80
status of women
1. Ryan Ifland AUS 600 points
2. Jessica Macaulay CAN 420
3. Molly Carlson (W) CAN 346
4. Xanthia Penicii (W) AUS 272
5. Eleanor Smart USA 260
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times