Hunt and Iffland leap to Cliff Diving glory in the Portuguese Azores

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Published on June 23, 2019 - Duration: 01:29s
Hunt and Iffland win Azores cliff diving event

Hunt and Iffland leap to Cliff Diving glory in the Portuguese Azores

VIDEO SHOWS: CLIFF DIVING WORLD SERIES FROM PORTUGAL'S AZORES, COMPETITORS DIVING, RHIANNAN IFFLAND AND GARY HUNT CELEBRATING THEIR VICTORIES ON THE PODIUM, SOUNDBITES IFFLAND AND HUNT SHOWS: SAO MIGUEL, AZORES, PORTUGAL (JUNE 22, 2019) (RED BULL CONTENT POOL - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 1.

VARIOUS OF RHIANNAN IFFLAND PERFORMING A DIVE 2.

MACAULAY (LEFT), AN UNKNOWN COMPETITOR (CENTRE) AND LYSANNE RICHARD (RIGHT) APPLAUD IFFLAND'S DIVE 3.

IFFLAND IN THE WATER 4.

SLO-MO OF IFFLAND'S DIVE 5.

SLO-MO OF IFFLAND CELEBRATING 6.

SCENIC SHOT OF THE AZORES 7.

IFFLAND, MACAULAY AND RICHARD ON THE PODIUM 8.

GARY HUNT ON THE PLATFORM 9.

HUNT PRODUCES HIS DIVE (HIS FINAL ONE OF THE DAY) 10.

SLO-MO OF HUNT'S DIVE 11.

JUDGES' SCORECARDS 12.

COMPETITORS CONGRATULATE HUNT ON HIS VICTORY 13.

SCENIC SHOT OF THE AZORES 14.

VARIOUS OF HUNT, PAREDES AND JONES ON THE PODIUM STORY: Reigning Cliff Diving World Series champions Gary Hunt and Rhiannan Iffland secured victories on stage four of the 2019 edition amidst spectacular scenery in the Azores islands, Portugal on Saturday (June 22).

Hunt - a seven-times world series champion - was pushed all the way by Mexico's Jonathan Paredes who produced a flawless final dive, but the Britain had the greater consistency and remained calm under pressure on his final leap.

Paredes, the 2017 World Series winner, had to be content with second place despite getting six 10's on the judges scorecards across the weekend as he finished just three points shy of Hunt.

Hunt's 420.60 points total was enough for his third win of the season as he extended his overall lead.

USA's Andy Jones did enough for third.

In the women's competition, Australia's Iffland leapt to a record-breaking fourth straight stage victory this season and her fifth win in a row across seasons - something no other female athlete has yet achieved.

Iffland chose a straight forward final dive to chalk up an overall score of 326.80.

Britain's Jessica Macaulay was second on only her 10th appearance at a Cliff Diving World Series as she grabbed her first podium finish of the season, ahead of Canadian diver Lysanne Richard who finished third.

The Portuguese volcanic islands are regarded as the perfect spot for cliff divers due to their rugged cliff edges and spectacular scenery.

(Production: Andy Ragg)

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