Romania’s Constantin Popovici and Rhiannan Iffland of Australia won the penultimate 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series event in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Yet another dominant victory saw Iffland securing the fourth Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title in as many years. It also gave her the chance to complete the first-ever perfect season, if she manages to win the season’s closing event at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in three weeks’ time.
This was the 27-year-old’s first victory at the challenging Neretva River.
“I tried to come in here with a different mental attitude to the last few years. The previous years it has been tough for me here, I’ve struggled with injuries and I haven’t got the best track record, but my strategy was just to come in and dive like I’ve been diving for the rest of the season”, Iffland told the competition’s official web-site.
Eleanor Townsend Smart from the United States finished her 10th appearance in the World Series on the second place, edging out Canada’s Lysanne Richard in her comeback competition to 3rd position.
England’s Gary Hunt claimed his eighth ‘King Kahekili’ trophy, but he had to settle for the second place in Mostar after Constantin Popovici impressed the crowd of 20,000 with a perfect dive to pick up five 10s from the judges. 2015 winner in Mostar Jonathan Paredes from Mexico completed the podium.
‘King Kahekili’ Trophy is named in honor of the great Hawaiian chief who first leaped from the cliffs of Kaunolu, the birthplace of cliff diving.
Previous winners in Mostar
2018: Gary Hunt, GBR | Adriana Jimenez, MEX
2017: Gary Hunt, GBR | Cesilie Carlton, USA
2016: Michal Navratil, CZE | Lysanne Richard, CAN
2015: Jonathan Paredes, MEX