Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011: First Time In Boston

The Boston Harbor was the perfect setting for another glorious victory for Gary Hunt, who secured his second overall World Series title with a fourth consecutive win.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Boston.  Photo: Christian PondellaThe 2011 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series landed in Boston for the competitions first visit to the American east coast.

American diver, Kent De Mond, came back to the podium after a hard season with only 2.15 points separating him and second-placed Artem Silchenko from Russia.

A crowd of 23.000 spectators were thrilled with the competition's new urban style and Gary Hunt's amazing dives. Instead of natural cliffs, divers used the newly installed platform on the cantilever roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art on Fan Pier, which is more than 80 feet above the water, for the tour’s sixth stop.

The first round on Friday was interrupted by a storm, but the following rounds were bright and sunny, making for spectacular diving action.

Reigning champion Gary Hunt hit a home run and confirmed his position as cliff diving’s top dog for 2011.

“I’m really pleased with my diving today. Yesterday I got off to a bit of a shaky start but today I just got better and better. It’s four in a row so I really feel on top of my game,“ said Gary Hunt.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Boston.  Photo: Christian PondellaThe results in Boston let Artem Silchenko move up one position in the overall standings (2nd, 71 pts) and overtake Czech diver Michal Navratil by seven points (3rd, 64 pts).

After the competition in Boston, two athletes – Cyrille Oumedjkane (FRA) and Alain Kohl (LUX) – are tied in fifth position (45 pts), and the still-recovering Colombian Orlando Duque is in seventh (40 pts).

Hassan Mouti has withdrawn from the final two competitions of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in order to continue his recovery.

The 2011 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will conclude in two weeks’ time in Yalta, Ukraine, and will once more guarantee a tight battle for the top six until the season’s very last dive.

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