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    Aussie Rhiannan Iffland rules Cliff Diving World Series opener

    Apr 13, 2019
    PHOTO: mei-lin lozada

    EL Nido, Palawan — Australian Rhiannan Iffland ruled the opener of the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on Saturday at the Big Lagoon in Miniloc island here.

    The 27-year old Iffland scored 329.25 to cop her 12th win in 18 events after her debut three years ago.

    But to always better her best every chance she gets is her main goal.

    “The feeling never changes this is my twelfth win now because each competition is different, each dive is different,” she said.

    “I think the fact that it is so dangerous and I am terrified up there, mostly every dive, I think that keeps me hungry to bet on myself and beat my personal best I think is what keeps me hungry and I’m just in love with the sport and I’m in love with traveling as well, it’s only gonna get better,” she added.

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    Her final inward triple somersault with a half twist dive bailed her out of the competition after finishing third in the first day of the two-day event.

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    “I’m super happy, this is just a confidence boost to win here to step up a notch for the coming competitions,” she said.

    Meanwhile, Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus came at second with 319.35 points, while Lysanne Richard of Canada was third with 309.70 points.

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    First-time cliff diver Fil-Australia Xantheia Pennisi, a wild card entry, finished seventh out of the nine competitors.

    In the men’s division, Gary Hunt of Great Britain was No. 1 after he garnered 427.25 points.

    Constantine Poppvici of Romania came at second with 49.49 points and Jonathan Paredes of Mexico tallied came third with 408.05 points.

    The 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series have six more stops in Dublin, Ireland (May 12); Polignano a Mare, Italy (June 2); Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal (June 22); Beirut, Lebanon (July 14); Mostar, Bosnia and Herzgovina (August 24); and Bilbao, Spain (September 14).

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