Australia's Rhiannan Iffland and Jonathan Paredes from Mexico paid a 'diving' visit to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the build-up to the penultimate stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2019 season in the south of the country, in Mostar, on August 24.
Ever since 2015, Sarajevo airport was the closest that most World Series athletes got to the city. Usually, they would immediately continue their trip to Mostar, where all Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions have been hosted. Rhiannan Iffland and Jonathan Paredes decided to break the routine this time around and explore Sarajevo beyond the airport gates.
The reason for their visit was to attend and support a local high diving competition. The tradition of diving in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not limited to Mostar, where it is more than four and a half centuries old. Competitions are held in several cities across the country, and it seems that the sport has gained in popularity since the first Red Bull Cliff Diving competition in Mostar in 2015.
The 3-time women's champion from down under and 2017 men's overall winner had a great time watching local divers, and then it was their turn to demonstrate some of their diving magic. The audience in Sarajevo was in for a treat, witnessing in awe the breathtaking aerial manoeuvres performed by two of the finest cliff divers on the planet.
Of course, they didn't miss the opportunity to stroll the charming streets of the Old Town in Sarajevo, learn more about the city's rich history and, inevitably, taste the delicacies of the local cuisine.
In just a few weeks, they will land in Sarajevo again, but this time only to head further south towards Mostar and the penultimate stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2019, where the reigning champions Iffland and Gary Hunt will try to complete their title defence with one stop to spare.
No doubt Iffland is eager to extend her incredible six-in-a-row winning streak and seal the title, after having a dream season so far. But the World Series' most successful female diver ever will have an additional motive - the past three years the Old Bridge has been an invincible fortress for her and she has yet to taste victory in Mostar.
Gary Hunt will also seek to wrap up his eighth overall title and make it a hat-trick of victories in the city on Neretva River. Paredes is currently second overall and he'd certainly like to reach the top of the podium for the first time this year, especially at the scene of his first-ever World Series victory in 2015.
When the world's best 14 male and 10 female divers come to Mostar for the fifth consecutive year, it will be a return to the place where tradition of diving from the bridge is more than 450 years long. They will be greeted by thousands of enthusiastic fans as they face the challenge of diving from the iconic Old Bridge into the fast and strong river current of cold, cold Neretva.
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