Gary Hunt wins home event in Wales

Win in Wales is extra special for champion.

Win in Wales is extra special for Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion Gary Hunt.

The UK athlete beat Artem Silchenko and Orlando Duque to the top spot to soak up the adulation from the home crowd at the sold-out Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series event in Pembrokeshire, as the 29-year-old, who leads the overall standings, goes in search of a fourth World Series title with just two of eight global tour stops - in Brazil and Thailand - to go.

Some 5,500 spectators were lucky enough to have tickets to the two-day event in south-west Wales and they witnessed an epic 27-metre cliff diving competition featuring 14 athletes from nine different countries.

For Hunt, there was no extra motivation necessary and the 29-year-old's extraordinary dive list which includes a triple quad, consisting of four twists and three somersaults, saw him amass 510.90 points after four rounds of diving.

Even then, the Brit was not assured of victory. Hunt had to watch the final dive from Artem Silchenko before celebrating victory - by a margin of just 1.65 points!

"It's amazing," said Hunt. "I'd said so many times in interviews before this event that I wanted to win that even if I had come second I would not have been happy! I had to win here! It was really close but I managed to do it. I saw that Artem dive was a little short of vertical but there was next to no splash so I just wanted to see the scores because I knew it was going to be close and there was just a point in it. The crowd today were amazing. This was my favourite stop last year so when I knew we were coming back I was so up for it. It's close between me and Artem for the title but I wouldn't count out Orlando just yet."

Spurred on by the home crowd, all three UK participants made it into the eight-man final for the first time, with Mat Cowen claiming a very impressive fifth place.

"It was my best result of the year in front of a home crowd and in the place where I did my first competition for Red Bull! It's come together beautifully for me in this competition. I'm getting better and better scores and progressing through the rankings. There's nothing better for me than this feeling!"

The cliff diving combatants will now dry themselves off and make plans for Brazil as the 2013 World Series resumes in just two weeks' time in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro.