Local Legend Takes The Win in Polignano

Last weekend a crowd of 50,000 fans packed into the unique Polignano a Mare venue for the LifeProof sponsored Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series to roar home diver Alessandro De Rose to an emotional maiden Red Bull Cliff Diving win, marking the first win from any wild card in the World Series.

In the women’s competition defending champion Rhiannan Iffland rediscovered her fine form to take a commanding victory.

De Rose showed nerves of steel to produce an immaculate final dive and overcome the challenge of American duo David Colturi and Andy Jones.

He said afterwards: “I have not yet realized that just happened. One moment I was on the platform, I hit the water and the people were screaming.

“The crowd was a big help today. Every time I was on the platform, I was really nervous. As soon as I heard the people below, my heartbeat started to go down a bit. So I knew the people are with me and I only had to dive as I know it. It’s a dream come true. Orlando is a legend, Gary is a legend and I was better than them.”

Colombia’s Orlando Duque, fresh off the back of his win in Portugal, now heads the overall leader-board after his sixth placed finish as reigning champion Gary Hunt failed to make the final round.

Fancy seeing the event for yourself? Then dive right in with our 360 Degree Virtual Reality video with former Olympic diver and all around diving LEGEND, David Boudia as he takes you on a tour of the diving platform in Polignano a Mare.

After three of six stops, the LifeProof Sponsored World Series takes a summer break and will return to Texas, USA on September 3.

World Championship standings after three of six stops:

MEN:
1- Orlando Duque (COL) – 380pts
2- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 370pts
3- Andy Jones (USA) – 300
4- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 290
5- Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 280
5- David Colturi (USA) – 280

WOMEN:
1- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 490pts
2- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 360
3- Ginger Huber (USA) – 340
4- Helena Merten (AUS) – 320
5- Anna Bader (GER) – 260

 

Credit: Romina Amato/Red Bull Content Pool

Alan Lund

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