High Diving, Day 3: Duque, the King in Barcelona!
He was already the most iconic athlete in High Diving. His successes at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, his charisma and his experience (38 years old) had made Orlando Duque from Colombia a symbol of this thrilling and challenging discipline. Today, in the port of Barcelona (ESP), he officially became the first men’s world champion in High Diving after a brilliant final, in which he combined technique, steadiness and harmony in all three dives he performed. Moreover, he also won the first title ever for Colombia in the history of the FINA World Championships. Duque, literally meaning Duke, was this time King in Barcelona!
In the end of the two-day competition – the 13 participating athletes performed their first two dives on July 29 -, the Colombian star concluded with an overall 590.20, a mere 0.90 points ahead of silver medallist Gary Hunt from Great Britain. Hunt, 10 years younger than Duque, was the fourth after Monday’s preliminaries, but two very solid dives (DD 3.8 and 6.3!) allowed him to take the lead after the fourth round. However, a less successful last combination (DD 5.6) dictated his second place. The bronze went to Mexico's Jonathan Paredes, who was also third after the first two rounds.
High Diving, Day 2: History was made: Cesilie Carlton (USA) is the first World champion!
They were only six, but Cesilie Carlton (USA) was happy as she had won against 60 other competitors! The North American high diver (who suffers from vertigo!) became the first world champion in this discipline, getting the best accumulated results after the three rounds of dives on this hot, sunny and windy Tuesday in Barcelona. Carlton won the competition in 211.60, while Ginger Huber (USA, silver, 206.70) and Anna Bader (GER, bronze, 203.90) completed the podium of this historical event.
This novelty at the FINA World Championships is almost a première for these divers also – in fact, besides the shows and exhibitions, the most known competition of High Diving is the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, an annual circuit with several legs around the world. Until a couple of weeks ago, these series were only open to men. On July 14, in Malcesina (ITA), four of the six finalists in Barcelona (Tara Hyer Tira and Huber from USA, Bader, and Stephanie de Lima from Canada) made their debut in this circuit.
High Diving, Day 1: Pure adrenalin in the port of Barcelona!
After many months of expectation, the first competition of High Diving in the history of the FINA World Championships finally took place today at the Moll de la Fusta, in Barcelona (ESP). Thirteen of the most experienced and successful athletes of the world took the plunge off the 27m platform, constructed for this special occasion in the port of the Catalan capital, where the open water events were also held in the first week of FINA’s major showcase.
In this historical moment, the first two rounds of dives (this men’s final will be concluded on July 31, with three more rounds), were an impressive display of courage, talent and determination. The event was witnessed by many thousands of spectators, who amassed in this beautiful scenario to admire one of the world's most spectacular and challenging sports.
High Diving competition presented at magnificent venue: Port of Barcelona
High Diving, discipline that is making its debut as an event at the 15th FINA World Championships, was presented at the Royal Barcelona Yacht Club on July 16, 2013. The installation of the provisional diving tower, which will be set up at the Port of Barcelona (Moll de la Fusta), will conclude on 19 July, day of the BCN2013 Opening Ceremony. Two platforms (27 and 20-meters) will be set up for the spectacular event.
The daring competition is open to the public and the fans will witness the fearless divers flying through the air for three seconds at 90km/h.
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