Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 250

Home run for ‘the duke’

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 settembre 2010

After more than 20,000 miles travelled, almost 200 three-second flights and 17,263.45 points awarded, the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series staged its final showdown at the Kawainui Falls on Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’ on September 12. In a spine-tingling competition, reigning World Series champion and Oahu resident Orlando Duque took his first season victory in front of the divers’ families and friends and handed over the title to Gary Hunt. This year’s dominator took four wins out of six and takes the crown from Colombia to England. Five podiums preceded his first victory and, coming home to his islands, nine-times world champion Orlando Duque beat all 11 competitors of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. One day after his 36th birthday and almost one year and three months after his last victory in Italy in 2009, the Colombian gave himself an eagerly-awaited present: “I guess you could call it a present. They were three good dives of mine and I’m happy that I got to win. This has definitely been my best competition. I did really good dives and finally managed to put together a good competition. It helped that Gary made two small mistakes so I was able to overtake him but it’s definitely my best competition. All the locations we went to were special, but this has got to be the best one for me. Winning here at home in Hawaii makes it for me. My plan is to win the title back next year. I will practice a lot, get back to the gym and do my homework. But Gary’s going to do the same.” Artem Silchenko from Russia received the competition’s only two 10s, awarded for his third dive, and, after a last place in round one, secured himself not only the third place in today’s final competition but also in the overall rankings. 9.6 points behind Duque, 26-year-old Gary Hunt finished stop 6 in second place and, only one point away from the title before this stop, he was finally confirmed as the overall winner. “It’s great, I’m speechless. I only had to do one dive to get the title but now it’s really starting to sink in. It’s not just Orlando, Artem has shown his strength throughout the Series. There’s also Kent who’s working on new dives and is trying to improve. I’m going to be working on my running take-off. That is now my aim in the off-season to perfect that take-off and use it next year,” said the emotional Brit.The grand final of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series was hosted in the sport’s birthplace. In the remoteness of a privately-owned waterfall, the top six athletes in the overall rankings automatically qualified for the 2011 edition. The bottom six will be required to requalify in a camp including up-and-coming divers hoping to make their own mark in the beginning of next year.

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