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Cliff divers rule Hell's Gate

Reuters
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

TEXAS - Women's reigning champion repeated her 2016 success as the Englishman earns his first victory on US soil in stop four of the 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Possum Kingdom Lake, USA.

With an exceptional display of diving, Blake Aldridge (GBR) leaped to his first World Series victory since 2014 going into the second half of the 2017 season, while Australian Rhiannan Iffland continued her dominance with another commanding performance to stretch her lead at the top of the overall standings.

Aldridge, second here last year behind Jonathan Paredes, turned the tables on his rival from Mexico with the final dive of the day, edging past the 'styelmaster' into first place to become the fourth different winner in four events this season. In what was one of the closest finals from the 27m platform ever, only eleven points separated the top seven divers, and an enthusiastic crowd of 9000 fans on boats, kayaks and paddleboards cheered American David Colturi into third place and his second podium finish in a row.

Results - Men: (Top 5) 1 - Blake Aldridge (GBR) - 399.95pts

2 - Jonathan Paredes (MEX) - 398.75

3 - David Colturi (USA) - 391.30

4 - Andy Jones (USA) - 390.85

5 - Gary Hunt (GBR) - 390.45

Women: 1 - Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) - 315.60pts

2 - Adriana Jimenez (MEX) - 304.15

3 - Helena Merten (AUS) - 293.85

4 - Tara Hyer-Tira (W) (USA) - 288.50

5 - Ginger Huber (USA) - 287.10

Standings: Men: 1- Blake Aldridge (GBR) - 480pts

2- Gary Hunt (GBR) - 460

Women: 1- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) - 690pts

2- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) - 520, 3 Helena Merten (AUS) - 450








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