Gary Hunt Mexico podium Vincent Curutchet/Red Bull

Gary Hunt reigns supreme at top of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series after seeing off the challenge of Orlando Duque and Artem Silchenko in Mexico to claim back-to-back wins.

The Brit's score of 373.85 edged out second-placed Silchenko by a little over 10 points, with 2009 champion Duque taking the final place on the podium in Cenote Ik Kil.

Hunt hit the same devastating dive that wiped out the competition in La Rochelle, France – his triple quad with a degree of difficulty of 6.3 proving too good once again as the 25-year-old extended his lead over Duque in the overall standings to 11 points.

Silchenko saved the second hardest dive of the day until the third round. The Russian was confident of making the cut for the final six and the dive with the 'blind' entry that wowed everyone in training on Friday proved enough to hold off the challenge of Duque two days later.

Duque dived with typical consistency but had to cede to his younger rivals as the level of competition went up a notch on Sunday.

If Hunt was the highlight once again then he did well to overshadow the performance of Duque's Colombian compatriot, Eber Pava.

Pava's fourth place was his best finish to date in the World Series, with the 33-year-old improving massively on his previous outing in France.

Frenchman Hassan Mouti will also be very pleased. Mouti had completed only one dive in training due to a foot injury but edged out Australian Steve Black to book a spot in the all-important top six for the third and final round, taking his place alongside Hunt, Silchenko, Duque, Pava and Kent De Mond.

Mexican wildcard Fito Gutierrez finished a disappointing 13th on home soil. The 40-year-old, who was pre-selected for the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, found himself up against athletes of too high a calibre.

For a full rundown of results from the second stop on the 2010 World Series and to find out who has what now in the overall standings, visit

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