Gunning for the top spots

Rachelle Simpson dives from 22m
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The world's best male and female divers took to the platforms in Polignano a Mare on Thursday, performing a series of training dives in preparation for the main event on Sunday. While this is the penultimate stop for the men's 2015 World Series, everything will be decided in the women's category this weekend in the delightful south Italian town. The top athletes have been stating their intentions, not just with some superb practise leaps, but also with their words. "I pulled a muscle in Mostar," said the UK's Gary Hunt, "but I'm back to full fitness and gunning for that top spot again." Rachelle Simpson, who goes into the women's final as joint leader, was in a similarly confident mood: "I'm feeling really good. If I hit my dives I think I'll make one of the top spots".

Will Rachelle, the Women's World Series reigning champion, prevail in Polignano a Mare, or will invitee Cesilie Carlton, the winner in Portugal, outperform the FINA high diving world champion? Over in the men's event, will Gary Hunt fulfil his beliefs and return to the top spot, or will the chasing pack be able to track him down again, as Jonathan Paredes did in Bosnia?

All will be revealed when the action gets underway on Sunday, and you can watch every second of the drama unfold right here on Join us for exclusive live coverage on Sunday from 4pm CEST.