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Mexican wins shock maiden Red Bull Cliff Diving title as Iffland defends crown.

October 24, 2017 Sports No Comments Email Email

Jonathan Paredes took advantage of a Gary Hunt error in Chile to capture his maiden Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title as Rhiannan Iffland defended her crown.

The Mexican watched on in amazement from above ahead of his and the season’s final dive at Lago Ranco as championship leader Hunt accidentally added an extra twist to his final dive to score zero points and leave the door open for a shock Paredes title win.

Paredes duly held his nerve to score 100.45 with his exemplary fourth and final dive to win the Chile event and take home the King Kahekili trophy by a slender 10 points from six-time World Series champion Hunt.

Australian Iffland only led by 60 points from Adriana Jimenez and 80 from compatriot Helena Merten heading into the last South American stop, but she consolidated her meteoric rise with a brave performance after picking up a knee injury at the previous Mostar stop.

With Jimenez unable to complete the fourth and final dive due to injury, it was left to a fight between Iffland and Merten for the title besides the roaring waterfall.

Merten produced a good dive to give Iffland something to think about, however the reigning champion nailed an excellent 91.20 score with heavy strapping on her knees to win the finale and confirm overall victory by 890 points to Merten’s 740 and Jimenez’s 690.

Wildcard Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus produced a tremendous two days of competition to finish second at the foot of the Andes with Merten third in Chile.

Nestsiarava and Germany’s Anna Bader got awarded a permanent ticket for the fifth year of the women’s World Series with Lysanne Richard automatically qualified as a permanent diver for 2018 due to the injury policy even though the Canadian could not compete this season.

Iffland declared, “I’m very very excited, especially coming here after Bosnia. Mentally it was tough; to block out these negative thoughts that something could go wrong again. Here I am and I finished the competition.

“I’m in complete disbelief that I’m walking away in the top spot. So much energy is going through my body right now, everybody did so well this year; we saw so many strong dives from the women. It’s an incredible feeling standing up there next to all these brave divers!”

Results – Stop #6, Lago Ranco | CHI

MEN
1- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 403.00pts.
2- Michal Navratil (CZE) – 373.15
3- Alessandro De Rose (W) (ITA) – 343.10
4- Sergio Guzman (MEX) – 337.50
5- Kris Kolanus (POL) – 330.90
6- Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 327.65
7- Andy Jones (USA) – 326.30
8- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 282.60

WOMEN
1- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 279.60pts.
2- Yana Nestsiarava (W) (BLR) – 264.85
3- Helena Merten (AUS) – 248.10
4- Anna Bader (W) (GER) – 229.70
5- Jacqueline Valente (W) (BRA) – 197.50

Final standings (after 6 of 6 stops)

MEN
1- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 720pts.
2- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 710
3- Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 580
4- Alessandro De Rose (W) (ITA) – 530
5- Andy Jones (USA) – 478
6- David Colturi (USA) – 430

WOMEN
1- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 890pts.
2- Helena Merten (AUS) – 740
3- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 690
4- Ginger Huber (USA) – 520

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