Hunt Takes Title as Guzman Grabs First Win in Japan

Men's podium in Japan
Iffland also extends lead in dramatic afternoon on Sandanbeki cliffs

Drama was high 28m above the cliffs of Sandanbeki as the unstoppable Gary Hunt wrapped up his record sixth title with a third-place finish, while Sergio Guzman from Mexico City celebrated a first ever victory. America's Steven LoBue finished runner-up, taking his second podium of the season. In the women's competition, wildcard Rhiannan Iffland landed what could turn out to be a crucial blow in her title fight with Canada's Lysanne Richard, who finished third behind the Australian rookie and America's Ginger Huber in second, as 4,600 fans watched on excitedly from the cliff top. After the World Series' debut in the land of the Rising Sun, Iffland maintains her lead over Richard heading into the season finale, where the women's champion will finally be decided.

With today's result in the men's, the athlete from England prolonged his reign over the cliff diving elite for another year. All he needed at today's second-to-last competition was to stay ahead of his closest contender in the overall standings. As Paredes, the rising star from Mexico, could not meet his own expectations and only finished on a disappointing 7th place, the day's third highest score was enough for 32-year-old Hunt to wrap up the title.

Perfectionist Hunt was disappointed with his final dive, but can now celebrate a record sixth World Series title. Photo: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool.

Victory in the all-natural setting of Shirahama went to the youngest in the permanent athletes' line-up, 25-year-old Guzman. After a slow start into his first full season the Mexican has gradually worked up his way in the standings to surprise cliff diving's best by adding his name to the elite list of competition winners. As the 10th athlete in 58 events, he achieved the day's high score from the judges, amongst them Greg Louganis, the greatest Olympic diver of all times.

With his second place Florida-based LoBue moved up in the overall standings and holds fifth place, which means automatic qualification for the 2017 season. Behind him, Colombian legend Orlando Duque and today's winner Guzman still have chances to snatch this spot from the American.

Winners embrace - Gary Hunt and Sergio Guzman share a celebratory hug at the end of a thrilling and emotional event. Photo: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool.

In the women's competition, the decision for the title will be prolonged to Dubai after Australian Iffland made it four out of six wins from the 21.5m platform above the Pacific Ocean and set an all-time high score in the women's competition. On third place in Japan, Canada's two-time winner Richard stays on Iffland's heels to ensure a highly anticipated grand season finale in the World Series' first ever night event, when the King Kahekili Trophy for the overall winners will be awarded in Dubai, UAE on October 28.

Men's Results:

1-Sergio Guzman (MEX) - 471.00 pts
2-Steven LoBue (USA) - 463.60
3-Gary Hunt (GBR) - 453.20
4-Blake Aldridge (GBR) - 450.00
5-Orlando Duque (COL) - 444.10
6-Michal Navratil (CZE) - 443.75
7-Jonathan Paredes (MEX) - 439.25
8-Andy Jones (USA) - 434.90
9-Artem Silchenko (RUS) - 303.05
10-Alain Kohl (W) (LUX) - 293.70
11-Kris Kolanus (W) (POL) - 290.65
12-Christian Arayon (W) (COL) - 290.05
13-Alessandro De Rose (W) (ITA) - 250.40
14-Viktar Maslouski (W) (BLR) - 79.55

Women's Results:

1-Rhiannan Iffland (W) (AUS) - 254.60 pts
2-Ginger Huber (USA) - 244.55
3-Lysanne Richard (CAN) - 244.30
4-Adriana Jimenez (MEX) - 224.10
5-Cesilie Carlton (USA) - 222.55
6-Helena Merten (AUS) - 208.45
7-Tara Hyer-Tira (W) (USA) - 187.20

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Note that the live webcast and replay is geo-blocked in the US due to an exclusive broadcast deal with FOX Sports. The event will air on FS1 at 8am (ET) on November 20.