Gary Hunt made it back-to-back wins with a stunning and comprehensive victory in the Azores, powering past American Andy Jones in second place and Mexico's Jonathan Paredes in third. In the women's event, wildcard Australian Rhiannan Iffland also made it two wins out of two following her debut success in Texas. Canada's Lysanne Richard secured a second-place finish, with American Ginger Huber completing the podium.
Fresh from his win in Copenhagen three weeks ago, and in front of a hundred or so boats that had gathered to watch, Hunt seemed to step up another level at the pure Portuguese cliffs in the mid-Atlantic, especially impressive considering the tough diving conditions. As his rivals struggled to perfect their entries, the brilliant Brit produced a precise and clinical display from 27m, manoeuvering magically through the air and disappearing beneath the waves with barely a splash. With this victory, the 5-time champion climbs to the top spot in the overall standings ahead of Paredes, who scored his third podium finish in a row following his win in Texas and second in Copenhagen. Flying into second-place, the highest position of his career, USA's Jones was a model of consistency throughout the weekend, gliding gracefully and piercing the water when many of his competitors where thumping it hard.
In the women's competition, 'rocking rookie' Rhiannan Iffland continued to defy her wildcard status, cruising past her more experienced rivals with another impressive display, proving her skills this time from the rocks as well as the 20.5m platform. Lysanne Richard grabbed second spot on the podium thanks to a truly spectacular final round dive which earned a score of 104.00 - the highest ever for a single dive in the women's event. The experienced Ginger Huber rounded out the top three with another solid performance, a repeat of her third-place finish here last year.
The focus will now turn to France as the world's best male cliff divers make a return to the historic location of La Rochelle, where record crowds are expected to provide a pulsating atmosphere at the fourth stop of the season.
1. Gary Hunt (GBR) - 540.40
2. Andy Jones (USA) - 469.10
3. Jonathan Paredes (MEX) - 464.00
4. Orlando Duque (COL) - 462.25
5. Artem Silchenko (RUS) - 450.50
6. David Colturi (USA) - 441.20
7. Blake Aldridge (GBR) - 438.90
8. Steven LoBue (USA) - 412.85
9. Kyle Mitrione (USA) (W) - 296.00
10. Michal Navratil (CZE) - 295.10
11. Sergio Guzman (MEX) - 279.15
12. Kris Kolanus (POL) (W) - 263.50
13. Todor Spasov (BUL) (W) - 258.40
14. Miguel Garcia (COL) (W) - 214.20
1. Rhiannan Iffland (W) (AUS) - 251.00
2. Lysanne Richard (CAN) - 245.30
3. Ginger Huber (USA) - 241.00
4. Helena Merten (AUS) - 231.50
5. Yana Nestsiarava (W) (BLR) - 216.50
6. Cesilie Carlton (USA) - 213.25
7. Rachelle Simpson (USA) - 196.90
8. Adriana Jimenez (MEX) - 181.30
9. Jaki Valente (W) (BRA) - 181.30
The live replay of the Azores event is available now on www.redbullcliffdiving.com and Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. Find out more at about.redbull.tv
Note that the replay is geo-blocked in the US due to an exclusive broadcast deal with FOX Sports. The event will air on FS1 at 6pm (ET) on August 14.