On a red-hot day in Mostar, it was Jonathan Paredes who surged to his first World Series win with a stunning display of diving in the old town. The Mexican, who celebrated his 26th birthday here on Friday, joins a list of only 8 divers who have won an event in Red Bull Cliff Diving history.
Paredes took the day's high score (480.90pts) for the first time in his World Series career. Another premiere followed in second position with 24-year-old Sergio Guzman (471.05pts) being the first invitee to finish that high in the rankings in only his fourth World Series appearance. David Colturi (470.60pts), who sneaked into the final of the top-8 as the lucky loser, pulled off a score of 10 with an outstanding last dive – with 154.00pts the highest scoring dive of the competition - to secure 3rd place.
To win here, in this town that is mythical, I'm just feeling happiness right now. I said after Azores that I want to be in the top 3 of the series, so I will try to do my best in Italy and Spain to do that - Jonathan Paredes
After 5 wins in a row, and for the first time this season, Gary Hunt missed the podium with a 5th place; however, the 'brilliant Brit' secured his 5th overall victory with two stops remaining. Former Olympian Blake Aldridge fell behind in the overalls after losing his head-to-head battle to wildcard Anatoliy Shabotenko and is now in 4th (620pts). With two more competitions to come, David Colturi sits in 5th (560pts) and with only the season's top five athletes automatically qualifying for a 2016 season, a thrilling climax can be expected.
From a place where diving has been a tradition for more than four centuries the World Series moves on to Polignano a Mare, Italy, for the season's penultimate stop in four weeks' time, where the Women's World Series champion will be crowned.
Here are the full results -
1. Jonathan Paredes | MEX | 480.90pts.
2. Sergio Guzman (wildcard) | MEX | 471.05
3. David Colturi | USA | 470.60
4. Michal Navratil | CZE | 457.95
5. Gary Hunt | UK | 453.40
6. Andy Jones | USA | 425.55
7. Orlando Duque | COL | 425.30
8. Anatoliy Shabotenko (wildcard) | UKR | 387.10
9. Steven LoBue | USA | 300.50
10. Blake Aldridge | UK | 292.00
11. Artem Silchenko | RUS | 237.00
12. Todor Spasov (wildcard) | BUL | 224.10
13. Jorge Ferzuli (wildcard) | MEX | 194.00