Gary Hunt Wins Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 In Italy

Reigning champion Gary Hunt was announced the winner of the 2011 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition in Italy, ahead of Russia’s Artem Silchenko and Czech diver Michal Navratil.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011.  Photo: Romina AmatoThe judges agreed unanimously after the final dive into Lake Garda that this was the best competition of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series they had seen so far in 2011.

Artem Silchenko lead the high diving elite into the fourth round after earning 10`s from the jury in round 3. Following each dive a new leader was announced in the final round.

Defending champion Gary Hunt had the highest DD on his side, but he was forced to wait until the Russian’s final dive for a result. In the end, he defeated Silchenko with a 10.55 point difference.

“I feel really happy. I thought I had blown it there with the last dive, but it seemed to be enough," said Gary Hunt. "Today Artem showed that he is an incredible diver and Michal is the most improved diver. There are lots of divers that can catch up.”

Despite his loss to Gary Hunt, Artem Silchenko is back in the top three in the overall standings, just five points behind Czech, Michal Navratil (60 pts). Still in the top six and now tied with Frenchman Cyrille Oumedjkane is the convalescent Orlando Duque (40 pts). Italian resident and most senior athlete Slava Polyeshchuk is only two points behind the overall top three position (53 pts).

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011.  Photo: Damiano LevantiMan of the competition was Mexican newcomer Jonathan Paredes, who enjoyed a fine event in his first appearance since Mexico by not only making the final six, but almost making the podium – missing third place by less than two points.

After previous visits to Southern Italy in 2009 and 2010, the 2011 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series was warmly welcomed in the country’s north at Lake Garda and the Scaliger Castle. For the penultimate stop on August 20 the World Series will leap over the Atlantic Ocean to Boston, US.

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