Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series – Second Year in Mostar
Czech Michal Navratil and Canadian Lysanne Richard scored their second wins of the season at the iconic Old Bridge, a yesterday's stop of Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2016, being held for the second time in Mostar.
Navratil is on a roll after his first ever win in Wales two weeks ago with another commanding display of diving from 27.5m, once again powering past reigning champion Gary Hunt from England with his final dive of the day. America's David Colturi secured the perfect send off in his farewell appearance before shoulder surgery, rising to his first podium finish of the season in third place. In the women's competition, Montrealer Richard leapt from fifth to first in the final round with the day's highest-scoring dive from 21.5m that just edged out Cesilie Carlton of the USA, while Australian wildcard Rhiannan Iffland kept up her fine form with yet another podium finish in front of a passionate 20,000-strong crowd along the Neretva River.
With today's result a seven year long 'phenomenon' came to an end, as the 'brilliant Brit' Hunt failed to win in three consecutive competitions for the first time since the World Series' debut season in 2009. Completing the men's top-three was California-based Colturi, who repeated his third place from 2015 in this location – his best result of the year. It's also his last result as the 27-year-old will undergo shoulder surgery in October and miss the rest of the season.
With seven stops down and two more to go, it's five-time champion Hunt to still lead the standings ahead of today's fifth placed Jonathan Paredes (MEX). Mostar winner Navratil switched positions with Andy Jones, who's followed by fellow American Steven LoBue on fifth.
In female competition Australian Iffland has the lead, followed by Canadian Richard, and third American Cesilie Carlton.