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Mexican Paredes wins cliff diving world series

Reuters, LAGO RANCO, Chile

Rhiannan Iffland dives beside a waterfall on Saturday during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition, in Saltos de Rininahue, Lago Ranco, Chile.

Photo: EPA / Red Bull Content Pool

Mexican Jonathan Paredes on Saturday capitalized on a late mistake by six-time champion Gary Hunt to win his maiden Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title in Chile.

The 28-year-old watched as Briton Hunt accidentally added an extra twist to his final dive, giving him a zero for the effort and opening the door for Parades.

The Mexico City native nailed his fourth and final dive to raise his World Series total to 720 points and take home this year’s King Kahekili trophy.

Hunt ended the season with 710 points, while fellow Briton Blake Aldridge finished third overall with 580.

On the women’s side, Australian Rhiannan Iffland defended her crown to win her second title at the iconic waterfall setting in Lago Ranco.

Iffland overcame an injury to finish the season with 890 points overall, 150 points ahead of her countrywoman and second-place finisher Helena Merten. Mexican Adriana Jimenez finished third with 690 points.

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series began in 2009 and takes place across six locations worldwide. It sees competitors attempt multiple twists and somersaults mid-air from heights as great as 27m.

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