Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 250

High divers jammed Norwegian water ways

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 luglio 2010

Polignano a Mare (Ba) on August 8  From a solid rock in the Oslo fjord, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series heads to southern Italy for the next stop. Thousands of boats on the water and spectators along the shoreline turned the picturesque Kragerø archipelago into a floating arena. The World Series has reached its midway point and Briton Gary Hunt is the man of the 2010 season so far. With the maximum haul of points he stands out from the rest. Bright sunshine and more than 12,000 spectators on boats and ships crowding the Skagerrak strait in Norway’s summer hot spot on Saturday afternoon cheered the cliff diving elite to deliver peak performances.The competition for the top six has never been so tight, only 0.05 point dividing positions 7 and 8, 1.5 points between rank 7 and 9. Forced by the new format the athletes have to take out their most difficult dives already in round two. Out of twelve participants Alain Kohl (LUX), ranked on a personal best 4th today, is the ninth to reach the top six and gives striking proof of the World Series’ claim of having the world’s best high divers.
The world’s best divers, six challenging competitions and 26 metres between take off and hitting the water smoothly, via athletic perfection. A selection of famous and well-known diving spots, as well as extraordinary natural and challenging urban venues, have been chosen. Occurring for the second year, the share between known and new locations is 50-50. Starting on May 15 in La Rochelle (FRA), the series took a leap over the Atlantic Ocean to Mexico (Yucatán) and came back to Europe for competitions in Norway (Kragerø), Italy (Polignano a Mare) and Switzerland (Sisikon), before reaching the land of the sport’s origin, Hawaii (Hilo), on September 12 for the grand final. Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions are judged by five international jurors with scores awarded according to the degree of difficulty and the execution of the dive.
To download more editorial footage (press release, photos, moving images, audio and result) please go to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Official website: http://www.redbullcliffdiving.com

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