The 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to the historic Stari Most Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the penultimate stop as Gary Hunt (GBR) aims to make it a hat trick of wins in a wide-open anniversary season on September 8.
England's record-winner Hunt continued his comeback with a back-to-back victory in Copenhagen last weekend and now eyes his third win of the season at the famous old bridge in Mostar. So far in five competitions from Stari Most, three for the men and two for the women, no one has ever repeated a victory, and the 34-year-old is committed to break the embargo and defend his 2017 success.
In the women's, the battle for the King Kahekili trophy is even tighter. Three winners in as many competitions and a wildcard stirring up the top rankings naturally adds to the fanatical crowds' excitement when the World Series returns to this iconic venue.
2018's female winners Adriana Jimenez from Mexico, Australia's two-time champion Rhiannan Iffland and Canadian comeback-winner Lysanne Richard hold all trumps for tightening up what has turned into one of the closest seasons ever since the introduction of the Women's World Series in 2014. So far only the surprise wildcard from Great Britain, Jessica Macaulay, has managed two podium-finishes besides the big three, and is just missing a victory; a feat that would put the 25-year-old into a great position leading into the final competition next month in Italy for the eagerly fought overall title.
With the top title rivals Hunt and American Steven LoBue ripping up the record books, including four tens from the judges in the previous competition, the ever-increasing level of diving has reached new heights approaching the business end of the season. As both athletes have their minds clearly set on the overall victory, the reigning champion from Mexico, Jonathan Paredes, needs another strong showing in the location of his first ever World Series win to stay in contention to defend the title.
Not only the level of diving increases with the progress of the season, but also the number cliff diving talents pushing into the World Series. With five new wildcard divers in the line-up, the men's and women's competition into Mostar's chilly Neretva River will be spiced up distinctly.
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. 24 elite cliff divers - women and men - will dive for glory, points and eternity off the old bridge.
Who will make a move at the penultimate stop in front of a fanatical crowd when a look at the statistics reveals that a Mostar winner has never won the World Series in that same year?
Watch Red Bull Cliff Diving Mostar Live
This event will be LIVE on September 8 at 1:15 PM CEST (11:15 AM GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV, Facebook, & Youtube. If you miss the event or simply want to watch all the action again, the replay will be available on demand a few minutes after the event.