Action heats up on the Raouche cliff

Matthias Appenzeller (SWZ) dives from the cliff in Raouche
A selection of amazing pictures as action got underway in Beirut

Despite the rough waters below, the 24 men and women showed no hesitation as they leaped directly from the city's most significant landmark after being zip-lined from the mainland to the actual diving location.

The final rounds from the platforms will be conducted on Sunday.

Scroll through the gallery above and enjoy all the best pictures from day one in Libanon.

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This event will be LIVE on July 14 at 5.30 PM local time (2.30 PM GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV, Facebook & Youtube.

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If you miss the event or simply want to watch all the action again, the replay will be available on demand a few minutes after the event.