Red Bull Cliff Diving Submission Success

Third time lucky for Silchenko

Artem Silchenko Romina Amato/Red Bull

It was third time lucky for Artem Silchenko as the Russian, runner-up in the two previous stops, tasted victory for the first time in the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Polignano a Mare, Italy.

Gary Hunt was on course to claim his fourth win of the Series until the very final dive of the day when he missed the mark with his new trick, the two and a half twisting quad, with a running take-off.

'I can still beat Gary. Anything is possible – it’s an extreme sport.'

45,000 spectators packed the balconies, beaches and cliffs of Polignano in what 2009 Series champion Orlando Duque described as 'a natural stadium' to watch the drama unfold.

Silchenko's back armstand with two and a half somersaults and one and a half twists is arguably as impressive as Hunt's era-defining Triple Quad.

It's a dive the 26-year-old saves until the third and final round and on this occasion it brought him victory.

The win sees Silchenko, who finished second in Mexico and Norway, narrow the gap on Hunt to 10 points in the overall rankings, with Duque, second on the day, currently third overall.

The in-form Silchenko has not ruled out catching Hunt, who, with another victory, would have been almost out of sight in the race for the 2010 World Series crown.

"I think in this competition in Polignano I have shown my best dives," said Silchenko.

"It’s my first win in this Series and I hope I can win more. To beat Gary Hunt and Orlando Duque, who are legendary divers, is brilliant.

"Today Gary tried a very difficult dive that isn’t possible, maybe for anyone apart from him."

For a selection of photos from today's event, visit the Red Bull Cliff Diving Facebook page

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