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Amazing First Pictures from Japan

Helena Merten (L), Adriana Jimenez (C) and Cesilie Carlton (R) indulge in a little local culture.

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In case you forgot, it's the first ever Red Bull Cliff Diving event in Japan.

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Jonathan Paredes is looking to make a big leap toward winning the his first ever title.

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Rachelle Simpson managed a training dive on Thursday, but it was to be her last as she pulled out through injury and illness.

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But the two-time female champion was later smiling with sports director Niki Stajkovic.

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Gary Hunt looks relaxed as he bids to secure a record sixth World Series win on Sunday.

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And the Brit showed no nerves in his first round dive as he surged to the top of the standings.

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Lysanne Richard watches on as Christian Arayon leaps through the air.

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Kris Kolanus and Sergio Guzman voice their approval of a dive on the cliff edge.

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Rhiannan Iffland is close to winning a sensational World Series title in her debut season.

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And no wonder she's so happy after another brilliant display of diving put her in first place heading into the final round.

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But Lysanne Richard will be hoping to put in a great final round dive on Sunday and take the women's title fight all the way to Dubai.

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Adriana Jimenez looks in fine form this weekend, and a podium place could well be within reach after two great dives rocketed her into second place.

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Jonathan Paredes flies through the Japanese skies on his way to sixth place overnight.

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The 21.5m and 28m platforms rise majestically from the stunning Sandanbeki cliffs.

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Olympic hero Greg Louganis and Orlando Duque shared a special synchro dive direct from the rocks.

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The two leaping legends were all smiles after a safe landing in the warm Pacific waters.

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