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Duque wins first high diving world title

August 1, 2013
Orlando Duque © Reuters

Orlando Duque © Reuters

Orlando Duque plummeted three times from the equivalent of a nine-story building into the Barcelona harbour to be crowned the first men’s high diving world champion in Barcelona on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old Colombian cliff-diving legend edged Gary Hunt by just 0.9 points when Hunt bobbled on his last dive.

Hunt, the reigning three-time champion of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, took silver with 589.30 to give Britain its first medal at these world championships.

Mexico‘s Jonathan Paredes claimed bronze with 578.35.

Thousands lined the city shoreline to watch the inaugural edition of the “extreme” aquatic sport, enjoying its festive atmosphere and the divers’ surfer-esque swagger as they plunged from a 27-metre platform into the green water.

Sapa – AP

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