Red Bull Cliff Diving Submission Success

Star Hunt's spectacular new dive

Gary Hunt dive sequence1 Dean Treml/Red Bull

Gary Hunt's much-talked-about new dive lived up to its billing, with the two-and-a-half twisting quad, with running take-off, the undoubted highlight of the first and last day of training before the fourth stop in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

Hunt, the 2010 Series leader, performed his new dive in order to add an extra twist on top of four somersaults – and in the process wrote another chapter in cliff diving history in Polignano a Mare, Italy.

With a degree of difficulty of 6.0, the new dive is only marginally less difficult than the Triple Quad which, with a DD of 6.3, has helped propel him to the top of this year's rankings.

The 26-year-old admitted that he was particularly nervous in the build-up to the dive after he missed the chance to practice on Friday.

'In my head I knew what I had to do but it's taking that step.'

"I was so tense and all of yesterday [Friday] was spent worrying about it and then training was called off because of the weather," he said afterwards.

"I was so nervous but now I know exactly what I need to do. In my head I thought I knew exactly what I had to do but it’s taking that step."

Or steps. The running take-off, another first in the Cliff Diving World Series, added an extra dimension to the dive which drew a huge round of applause.

Despite the plaudits, Hunt insists that it is not quite the finished article: "The dive was a little bit short. I opened out of the somersault early because I wanted to get the two twists in there and just see the water. I need to stay in the somersault for a little while longer."

Hunt leads second-placed Artem Silchenko by 17 points in the overall standings and it is clear he is going to take some beating in Sunday's eagerly-awaited competition. 

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