A breathtaking afternoon of cliff diving in Mostar climaxed with Michal Navratil and Lysanne Richard securing their second wins of the season at the iconic Stari Most bridge. Navratil is on a roll after his first ever win in Wales two weeks ago with another commanding display of diving from 27.5m, once again powering past reigning champion Gary Hunt from England with his final dive of the day. America's David Colturi secured the perfect send off in his farewell appearance before shoulder surgery, rising to his first podium finish of the season in third place. In the women's competition, Montrealer Richard leapt from fifth to first in the final round with the day's highest-scoring dive from 21.5m that just edged out Cesilie Carlton of the USA, while Australian wildcard Rhiannan Iffland kept up her fine form with yet another podium finish in front of a passionate 20,000-strong crowd along the Neretva River.
It took Navratil 53 attempts to finish on the podium's top spot but since then the 31-year-old's confidence has only built up and he made it back-to-back victories from the old bridge where diving off dates back to the 17th century.
"All the years of experience come into play now," said the delighted Czech. "All the punishment I had, the bad landings, it's all in my head. I know what I have do to and that's why I'm focusing so much on the moment when I'm there and I have to really do my dives."
With today's result a seven year long 'phenomenon' came to an end, as the 'brilliant Brit' Hunt failed to win in three consecutive competitions for the first time since the World Series' debut season in 2009. Completing the men's top-three was California-based Colturi, who repeated his third place from 2015 in this location – his best result of the year. It's also his last result as the 27-year-old will undergo shoulder surgery in October and miss the rest of the season.
With seven stops down and two more to go, it's five-time champion Hunt to still lead the standings ahead of today's fifth placed Jonathan Paredes (MEX). Mostar winner Navratil switched positions with Andy Jones, who's followed by fellow American Steven LoBue on fifth.
With five 9s from the judges (10 being the highest) in the final round, 35-year-old Richard secured her second career-win in the women's first showing from the famous bridge. In the overall standings the three-time mom stays on the heels of today's third-placed Iffland, who keeps her record of top-three finishes in her rookie season intact.
"I knew the points were close," said Richard, "and I knew when I stayed focused everything could happen. I was expecting to do a good dive, I wasn't thinking the first place could be possible but finally I got lucky. I'm super happy about this."
With her second place in Mostar, American Carlton moves into the top-three in the current overall standings.
From Bosnia and Herzegovina the World Series travels on to the season's penultimate stop and will hit new grounds in Japan in three weeks' time.
Men's final standings:
1. Michal Navratil, CZE – 497.95pts
2. Gary Hunt, GBR – 493.30
3. David Colturi, USA – 492.50
4. Steven LoBue, USA – 492.40
5. Jonathan Paredes, MEX – 469.80
6. Andy Jones, USA – 460.15
7. Sergio Guzman, MEX – 457.95
8. Artem Silchenko, RUS – 411.30
9. Alessandro De Rose (W), ITA – 313.95
10. Todor Spasov (W), BUL – 313.45
11. Blake Aldridge, GBR – 309.90
12. Orlando Duque, COL – 276.10
13. Kyle Mitrione (W), USA – 266.10
14. Viktar Maslouski (W), BLR – 237.35
Women's final standings:
1-Lysanne Richard (CAN) – 244.90pts
2-Cesilie Carlton (USA) - 242.05
3-Rhiannan Iffland (W) (AUS) – 240.30
4-Helena Merten (AUS) – 236.05
5-Yana Nestsiarava (W) (BLR) – 224.20
6-Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 217.95
7-Ginger Huber (USA) – 202.80
The live replay of the Mostar event is available now on www.redbullcliffdiving.com and Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. Find out more at about.redbull.tv
Note that the replay is geo-blocked in the US due to an exclusive broadcast deal with FOX Sports. The event will air on FS1 at 3 pm ET/Noon PT on October 30.