Paredes Aims to Keep Heat on Hunt at Stari Most

Jonathan Paredes
Date: 15/09/2016

Diving off Stari Most, the old bridge, dates back to the 17th century and once again the world's best cliff divers will show off their skills in front of a huge and passionate crowd in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina. And competition is thrilling as the 2016 World Series marches towards an exciting climax with three different winners in the previous three stops - Britain's Gary Hunt, Artem Silchenko from Russia and Czech diver Michal Navratil's maiden win in his 53rd attempt. Although Hunt leads the rankings, Mexico's Jonathan Paredes, who took his first ever World Series win in this location in 2015 and opened this year's account with victory, stays in contention for the 2016 title with three stops to go. Stari Most will also welcome the women for the first time, with Australian wildcard Rhiannan Iffland aiming to continue her amazing run of form after making it 3 wins out 4 this season in Wales.

In 2015 Jonathan Paredes turned over a new leaf in the more than 400 years-old tradition of diving from the iconic humpback bridge in what seemed like a maturity rite, when he scored a sensational maiden victory, breaking Gary Hunt's streak of five wins. The current season presents itself as one of the most competitive in the history of the World Series with four winners in six competitions and five-time champion Hunt missing out on a win twice in a row – in the past six seasons the brilliant Brit has never gone more than two stops without a win. Can he finally strike back from the 27m platform in Mostar or is American Andy Jones, the master of aerial awareness, ready for his first victory after three podium finishes this season?

Jonathan Paredes celebrated his first ever victory in Mostar in 2015, and this year will be fighting to close in on Gary Hunt at the top. Photo: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool.

Just like her male counterpart, Women's World Series leader Rhiannan Iffland, the wildcard from Australia who's stunned the cliff diving world in her rookie season so far, has three wins to her name. In the women's first showing in this historic venue in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the 25-year-old will try to endure her remarkable form after making it 3 wins out of 4 this season. With another podium finish in Wales after breaking Iffland's winning streak in leg 3, Canada's Lysanne Richard stays in hot pursuit of the Australian. Top marks for style and poise as well as graceful dives can be expected from 20m, the actual height of the Stari Most.

It will be the first time the women have competed at the historic Stari Most, with wildcard Rhiannan Iffland chasing a fourth win in five events this season.

Gracefully arching over the emerald water of Neretva River, connecting two parts of the old town in Mostar, the bridge is, together with the surrounding Old City of Mostar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and often cited as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Destroyed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country's most recognizable landmark was faithfully reconstructed using the original stone blocks taken out of the river below. The single span stone bridge, in today's form, was inaugurated with a diving exhibition by local divers as well as Colombia's Orlando Duque in 2004 and will again be the venue with the longest diving tradition in the World Series this September.

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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.

Note that the live webcast and replay is geo-blocked in the US due to an exclusive broadcast deal with FOX Sports. The event will air on FS1 at 10.30am (ET) on October 30.