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ORLANDO DUQUE’S FLYING START TO THE RED BULL CLIFF DIVING WORLD SERIES

Corsica podium Vincent Curutchet/Red Bull Cliff Diving

The returning Orlando Duque won the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012 staged on the old citadel walls of Bonifacio, in Corsica, on Saturday.

2009 World Series winner and nine-time World Champion Duque (pictured above, centre) was making his competitive comeback following a year out with injury and proved that he is still at the top of his game in testing conditions on the sun-drenched and wind-lashed French island.

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Four rounds of diving, from 27 metres, produced many spectacular moments, but it was Duque's customary consistency which won the day, with the Colombian receiving scores of between 7.5 and 9 for his four dives and a grand total of 462 points.

The runner-up in the first competition of the season was American Steven LoBue (pictured above, left), as the 2011 rookie claimed his first World Series podium, with Michal Navratil, who beat World Series champion Gary Hunt in the head-to-head round, finishing in third.

"I didn’t want to come back and disappoint," said Duque, 37. "I’ve worked really hard and I knew that if I at least got to the level that I was at last year it could be good. I know there are a lot of guys trying to pull away from me but I know I have the experience and the level to be at the top of the competition.

"My focus comes with experience. I’ve probably dealt with more difficult situations than any of these other guys. I’ve been in this sport for 15 years. I’ve seen it all! I can read a little bit the ocean and wait for a better wave set. There are many things that only come with experience. Some of the new guys have the desire, they want to push but they need more time to get to the very top level."

Click for the list of final results. The next competition, the second of seven stops in 2012, is in Norway in just two weeksstay tuned to redbullcliffdiving.com and facebook.com/redbullcliffdiving for all the news, photos and videos from the 2012 World Series

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