Australian Rhiannan Iffland wins title with incredible cliff dive




Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland has won the 2021 Women’s Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series for the fifth consecutive year.

Iffland and French diver Gary Hunt, who won the men’s title, won in style with dives from the 21.5-meter platform in Polignano a Mare, Italy on Sunday afternoon (local time).

Earlier in the week, the two athletes won their championships on the penultimate stage of the diving circuit in Puglia.

For Hunt, this is his ninth trophy in 12 seasons, as Iffland continues to make a name for himself on the spectacular European Tour.

“I’m so proud of myself,” said Iffland, 30.

“Yesterday was a bit difficult to start because I had already participated in the World Series. Today I was talking with friends and they were like, “OK, go ahead and give it your all and make sure you smile all this time”.

“So that’s what I tried to do and man, I can’t believe it. Two seasons in a row and ending a day with 10s – well, I’m blown away.

Iffland, originally from Newcastle, NSW, worked as an acrobatic trampoline and diving instructor on cruise ships in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and trained at a theme park in Lyon before joining the European cliff diving circuit.

Earlier this year, she became the first person in the world to dive from a moving hot air balloon.

“This year the competition was very, very strong and I knew that even before I got to the start of the season,” she said.

“I had to push harder and harder. It’s nice to be a trailblazer and to be the girl in the first place.

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returned in 2021 after a 21-month hiatus.


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