Legendary cave leap ahead of cliff diving premiere

Rhiannan Iffland of Australia dives from the rocks prior to the fifth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Hamat, Lebanon on July 10, 2019.
Going into the 2nd half of the season, the battle will heat up in Lebanon

Record champion Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) takes the sport's legend Orlando Duque (COL) to local dive spot ahead of Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series' debut stop in Lebanon.

Captivated by the place's beauty and purity during a site-visit earlier this year, 3-time women's champion and current overall leader Rhiannan Iffland from Australia returned to the Lebanese village of Hamat to dive together with the cliff diving legend Orlando Duque from Colombia. The locals' favourite cliff diving spot serves as entry way to a cave as well as a warm-up for the 5th stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series from Beirut's Pigeon Rocks this weekend. Going into the second half of the season, the battle for vital ranking points will spice things up in Lebanon's capital city.

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Rhiannan Iffland and Orlando Duque in discussion upon arriving at the dive location

Pairing up with the sport's most lustrous figure, Orlando 'the Duke' Duque, the Australian kick started the business end of the 2019 season with only three stops left before the coronation of the champions mid September.

"It's my second time here in Lebanon this year and again it's super enjoyable. We're going to hold the first cliff diving competition here and it's a privilege to come here and put on a show for the people of Beirut", stated 27-year-old Iffland, "exploring a new culture and a new place adds to the diving, so I'm very, very happy and excited to be back here."

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Orlando Duque dives from the rocks prior to the Red Bull Cliff Diving stop in Hamat, Lebanon

After the spectacular rocks of Hamat, the season's 4-time winner from the 21m platform moved to Beirut's neighbourhood of Raouché, where she could win for the 5th consecutive time this year and stay unbeaten in 2019.

In the men's, 7-time champion Gary Hunt from Great Britain also wants to stretch his winning form and a victory from the natural landmark known as Pigeon Rocks would mean the 3rd win in the season's 3rd off-the-cliff competition following Philippines and Portugal.

While Iffland and Hunt aim to increase their stranglehold at the top and retain the King Kahekili trophy, the acrobatic cliff diving feats of the 24 athletes from up to 27m will leave the fans below the rocks in awe when the world's oldest extreme sport debuts in one of the oldest cities in the world.

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High5 after diving from the rocks prior to the fifth stop

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