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Cliff Diving in KragerÝ, Norway


Thousands of spectators floated along the Kragero archipelago while the world's best divers took the 28 meter plunge into the water below. The final round featured a clash of cliff diving titans, as three past champions found themselves battling for the top spot of the podium.

 

A thrilling final day of action at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Kragerø, Norway ended with British diver Gary Hunt claiming his third event win in a row, while Rachelle Simpson of the USA took her second consecutive victory in the women's diving. Watch the best of the day's diving in the player below.

Hunt sealed his win with a score of 513.10, pipping defending champion Artem Silchenko (506.30) of Russia into second. Colombian legend and 2009 champion, Orlando Duque (490.50) rounded off the top three in his first podium visit of 2014.

Hunt's day almost faltered when the judges awarded him just 8.5s for his final dive, but a near-perfect back triple quad nailed earlier in the day eventually saw him through. The 30-year-old Brit commented, "It was such a great competition – to battle with the champion [Artem Silchenko] is an amazing thing. Both of us nailing our big dives made for a great competition. I did leave the door open slightly for him with my last dive, so I'm delighted to have taken the win. I think it will be a battle between us two for the title, but there are still three events to go, so who knows."

 

 

The second round of the women's diving championship saw an equally action-packed event with Simpson posting a total of 230.20, to take the win ahead of Germany's Anna Bader (216.30) and fellow American Ginger Huber (201.10).

Simpson was clearly delighted with the win: "I can still improve my take-offs, but other than that it's looking good. I was nervous after training my big dive, my triple and one a half, but it went well today. Four girls did new dives here as well – it's great for the sport and so good to see the girls trying new things and nailing it."

The results leave Hunt and Simpson clear leaders of the overall season standings. Hunt is on 700 points, ahead of Mexico's Jonathan Paredes on 470 and Silchenko on 430. Simpson leads the way in the women's championship with 400 points to Bader's 320 and Huber's 200.