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Photos from a Pacific Thriller

The stunning Sandanbeki cliffs were the scene of a dramatic eighth stop of the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

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4,600 excited fans turned out to watch the world's best cliff divers in action.

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Orlando Duque as always was a favourite with the crowd.

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A quick fist-pump for Steven LoBue and Blake Aldridge on the rocks.

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Gary Hunt was in a relaxed mood, despite knowing he could wrap up the title in Japan.

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Michal 'Man of Steel' Navratil was chasing a hat-trick of wins, but finished up in sixth place.

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Hunt was unhappy with his final dive, but it was enough to secure him a record sixth World Series title.

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The door was left open for someone else to take victory in Japan, and Sergio Guzman seized his opportunity with some magnificent dives.

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The celebrating Mexican is swallowed by the waters...

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Then overcome with emotion as the enormity of his win sinks in.

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Lysanne Richard dived brilliantly...

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But Rhiannan Iffland performed even better, racking up the highest ever women's winning score and taking a step closer to the title.

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The two rivals shared a hug, and will now finish their battle under the lights in Dubai.

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An embrace too for the two male winners of the day, Hunt and Guzman.

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Japan champs show off their trophies.

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Time to pop the corks and celebrate before heading to Dubai for a floodlit finale.

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