"It feels like coming home"

Duque dives
Orlando Duque has a close bond with Mostar

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series lands in Mostar, and Colombia's Orlando Duque is certainly no stranger to the historic old town.

Duque has been coming here for over 10 years now, and it turns out he's a real favourite with the locals.

Every time you come here it's really nice, because they jump from this bridge the whole year. They're really excited, they always welcome us with open arms. You feel like coming home.

 

As soon as you walk in they know who we are, they know us by name, they know what we do.

The first dives off the bridge date back to 1664, but the 40-year-old legendary athlete and his rivals will be displaying the cutting edge of modern-day cliff diving from a 28m platform in a spectacle expected to attract many thousands of local fans.

Gary Hunt, 31, who comes to Bosnia and Herzegovina as the newly crowned FINA high diving world champion, might be the dominant athlete with his five straight victories, but the pack is closing fast with the World Series approaching its climax.

Be sure to log on to redbullcliffdiving.com/live from midday (CEST) to get updates in real time from Saturday's finals.