Briton wins Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

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Gary Hunt from Southampton was crowned the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion at the final leg of the tournament in Hawaii over the weekend.

Despite finishing second to reigning champion Orlando Duque from Colombia in the final showdown, Hunt was the overall winner with four wins out of possible six.

“It’s great, I’m speechless,” Hunt said. “I only had to do one dive to get the title but now it’s really starting to sink in.”

The competition has taken competitors to difficult diving platforms around the world, including Kragero in Norway, La Rochelle in France and Yucatán in Mexico.

Organisers claim that more than 20,000 miles have been travelled throughout the competition, with 200 three-second flights and 17, 263.45 points awarded.

The grand final of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series was hosted at the sport’s birthplace in the Kawainui Falls.

The top six athletes overall automatically qualify for the 2011 series.

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