Orlando Duque, the 10-time cliff diving world champion, won the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series' fifth stop in Boston, USA, on Sunday to close the gap on World Series champion Gary Hunt in the fight for the overall crown.
During an exciting day of diving, the Colombian beat runner-up Artem Silchenko and third-placed Gary Hunt to a dramatic win, with more than 25,000 spectators fixing their gaze on the roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art, from which a total of 13 divers launched themselves 27 metres before entering the water of Boston Harbour at speeds approaching 85kph.
Duque, 38, has gone toe-to-toe with Hunt down the years and the rivalry was renewed when the pair were pitted together for the first time in a head-to-head. Orlando won out and that proved to be the catalyst for victory. The day's highest score of 154.00 points was awarded for Duque's final dive, a back triple somersault with three twists pike, that confirmed the veteran as the fourth winner in five competitions in 2013. For the full breakdown, visit redbullcliffdiving.com/results
"There was a lot of pressure going in, knowing that I'm diving against Gary," said Duque immediately after claiming his first win of the season. "I thought one of us would advance and the other would be the lucky loser and that Gary's probably the only diver that can go from last to first.
"It was a good comp. Artem [Silchenko], Jonathan [Paredes], David [Colturi] and Gary [Hunt] did excellent dives and I'm diving on experience. I've been there a few times where you see the guy before you score 10s and you know you have to do the same. I'm happy that it worked out, I know that I've got what it takes but it's always hard to put it together under pressure. It was a high-scoring competition and I think that shows that everybody's on top of their game. Now it's just a short break and then we go to Wales!"
The sixth of eight tour stops in 2013 takes place in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire on Saturday, September 14, as the stars of cliff diving showcase their sensational sport on a global stage.
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