Red Bull Cliff Diving Submission Success

World Series winner!

Gary Hunt drenched Romina Amato/Red Bull

Victorious in France, Mexico, Norway and Switzerland, and runner-up in Sunday's final in Hawaii, British athlete Gary Hunt is the new 'undisputed' champion of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

His Degree of Difficulty and innovation has set the 26-year-old apart from the other divers, with not even the nine-times world champion and 2009 Series champion Orlando Duque able to match him.

A 'natural' diver who exercises almost complete control between take-off and landing, Hunt, an ever-present on the podium, finished 15 points ahead of Duque in the final standings.

Having come so close in 2009 – Hunt was level on points with Duque but missed out on the title by virtue of the Colombian's higher number of wins – there was almost no stopping him in 2010.

Returning to the competition with added focus, successive wins in La Rochelle, the Yucatán and Kragerø saw Hunt establish an almost unassailable lead with half of the Series still to go.

His moment of weakness may have been the dive he missed during the fourth stop in Polignano a Mare, Italy, in August. The two and a half twisting quad, with running take-off, was performed well in training but mistimed during the competition.

A subsequent trip to the hospital, although precautionary, was a major test of the Englishman's resolve but he responded brilliantly by travelling to Switzerland three weeks later and again coming out on top.

Needing only a point at the final stop in Hawaii to be confirmed as the World Series winner, Hunt's championship win was in truth a formality.

Eighth after the first round of dives, Hunt utilised his most dangerous weapon, the Triple Quad – the dive he reserves for what is often the decisive second round. It's DD of 6.3, coupled with another impressive execution, saw him leap into first place. Duque responded impressively and although settling for second place is not something Hunt is usually happy to do, on this occasion, it was more than enough.

Hunt has promised to improve his running take-off during the off-season and, like the World Series competition he has dominated, will surely return even stronger in 2011.

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