Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Searching for an heir to the throne

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 Maggio 2011

On May 22 Athens hosts the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 White houses, blue window frames and the smell of delicious food – this combination should get the divers in the mood for the next competition in Athens, this season’s first stop on European soil. Gary Hunt, the 2010 World Series champion, arrived today and took the chance to soak up the Greek lifestyle while diving at the nearby island of Andros. Ranked second after two stops, the Brit is the man most likely to take the leading position after Orlando Duque’s withdrawal due to injury. At the so-called ‘Sunken Lake’ at Vouliagmeni on Sunday, the overall rankings will certainly be stirred up. The competition for the top spots in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has been thrown wide open ahead of the third stop: Russia’s Artem Silchenko, 3rd place finisher in each of the past two seasons, has also arrived in the cradle of modern competitive sport and, as he missed the second stop, has added motivation to perform well and make the extra step to the top spot on the podium. The Ukrainian Slava Polyeshchuk, Cyrille Oumedjkane from France and Czech Michal Navratil are three more athletes in consideration for a possible podium finish. Friday will bring about a first meeting between four-time Olympic gold medallist Greg Louganis (USA), who will join the jury board for the competition, and 2010 dominator Hunt in the same pool that hosted the 2004 Olympics. In response to the increasing level of diving and the higher difficulty of performed dives, the actual diving location has been increased as well. 27 metres above the water, a massive platform construction will serve as the take-off board for the world’s best athletes as they begin their three-second journey into the healing waters of Lake Vouliagmeni. The amazing location around the lake whose water maintains a constant 24°C all year round, is haunted by numerous mystical stories about voracious creatures, dangerous whirlpools and hidden treasures. Via an enormous and mazy underwater cave system, the curing lake is connected with the Mediterranean Sea and legends say that some innocent divers have been swallowed by the labyrinth. (DT_110519)


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