Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 349

Heslop and Iffland swoop to victory in Switzerland

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 settembre 2022

Heslop, who is enjoying a fairy-tale first season as a permanent diver on the tour, held his nerve with the final dive of the day to make it two wins and two third-place finishes from six stops this year.Consistency was key for the Brit as he produced four high quality dives over the two competition days, including the mammoth Forward 4 Somersaults 3½ Twists Pike which propelled him to a comfortable 40-point victory over his nearest rival, Gary Hunt.The result lifts the youngster into second place in the overall standings, just 24 points behind Romania’s Catalin Preda, who finished fourth in Sisikon, the 90th stop of the World Series since its introduction in 2009. With just two stops to go, France’s nine-time champion Hunt sits a mere six points further back in what is now one of the tightest and most exciting title fights in years. Completing the Swiss podium in only his second-ever World Series appearance was American wildcard James Lichtenstein, whose accomplished performance from 27m hints at a bright future in the sport.In the women’s competition, Australia’s Iffland was again pushed hard by Molly Carlson, but a mistake from the Canadian in the third round allowed the ‘Dominator from Down Under’ to cruise to another straightforward victory as close to 10,000 spectators packed the venue over the two days of competition.The win in Switzerland adds another number to Iffland’s already astonishing record; it’s now five wins in a row this season and 28 victories in 35 starts since her debut in 2016. There may be two stops to go, but with a 210-point lead over Carlson in the overall standings, a sixth title will be in the bag if she finishes above the Canadian at the next event in Polignano a Mare.Rounding off the top three at Lake Lucerne was Iffland’s fellow Aussie, Xantheia Pennisi, who secured her second podium of the season. The 23-year-old occupies fourth place in the overall standings, just 18 points behind Canada’s Jessica Macaulay and American Eleanor Smart, who share third spot.Permanent diver Constantin Popovici (ROU) is not listed on the results list as he was injured in training and could not compete. Two more athletes, Germany’s Anna Bader and Matthew Cooper from the US, had bad landings and could also not finish the competition.From the beautiful cliffs of Sisikon, the divers will barely have a moment to catch their breath before heading to the place where houses rise from the rocks, Polignano a Mare, where this season’s penultimate competition will be contested in front a raucous Italian crowd in just one week’s time.

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