The cliff diving elite will once again grace the beautiful and historic Stari Most
Five winners in five competitions, three for the men and two for the women and no one was able to defend a victory off Stari Most, the old bridge, so far. When the World Series returns to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the last-but-one stop in the 2018 season a fanatical crowd will eagerly await what the sport's aesthetes have in store for them.
Dating back to the 17th century, competitive bridge diving has been a tradition for many years in Mostar, and when the cliff divers come back to the historic single span stone bridge the locals know all their names. This is the place where both, the traditional diving from the country's most recognizable landmark in a sort of maturity test for young men, and the fine art of cliff diving, are equally respected.
Built in the 16th century, the iconic Stari Most gracefully arches over the emerald water of Neretva River, connecting two parts of the old town in Mostar. On both sides surrounded by fortified towers, it fits seamlessly into the landscape, creating an impressive sight.
Built by Mimar Hayruddin, disciple of the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, legend has it that the builder never saw the bridge completed, as he left before the scaffolding was removed, having no strength to see if the bridge will stand. Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent threatened to decapitate him if the bridge fell. The bridge is, together with the surrounding part of the Old City of Mostar, on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, and is often cited as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world.
Eternalized in the city's flag and coat of arms, life in Mostar has been centred on the humpback bridge ever since its construction. Equally iconic as the bridge, is the image of a diver soaring through the air from the bridge towards the fast and cold water of Neretva River.
2017 - Gary Hunt, GBR | Cesilie Carlton, USA
2016 - Michal Navratil, CZE | Lysanne Richard, CAN
2015 - Jonathan Paredes, MEX