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2017: A Season in Pictures

2017 kicked off on the west coast of Ireland in Inis Mór, where the harsh Atlantic conditions made things difficult for the divers.

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Olympic diving legend. Greg Louganis, had a tough task looking after the safety of the divers at his first stop as sport director.

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But after two days of competition, the season began where the last one left off, with reigning champions Rhiannan Iffland and Gary Hunt celebrating once again.

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From Ireland, the World Series traveled further west into the Atlantic to the Portuguese Azores.

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Gary Hunt struggled to find his best form due to injury, and it was the legend Orlando Duque who took advantage of Hunt's below-par performance to take his first victory since 2013.

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A magnificent performance from Mexico's Adriana Jimenez propelled her to victory for the first time in her World Series career.

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Next up it was a return to the home of European cliff diving in Polignano a Mare, Italy.

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Iffland was back in winning form after missing the podium for the first time in the Azores.

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But this event was all about one man...the wildcard and local hero Alessandro De Rose, whose four stunning dives sent the fans wild as he became the first men's wildcard in World Series history to win an event.

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This result was the highlight of a magical season for De Rose, and he went on to earn himself a permanent place for 2018.

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The second half of the season began at Hell's Gate in Texas, where David Colturi and his fellow Americans were hoping to grab a win in front of the thousands of cheering fans on Possum Kingdom Lake.

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Jonathan Paredes had been the nearly-man until now, failing to convert leads into podium places. But Hell's Gate signaled a turning point for the Mexican as he began to get to grips with his new dive and finished in second place.

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It was the Brit, Blake Aldridge, who pipped Paredes to victory to take a lead in the overall standings with two stops to go.

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The unstoppable Rhiannan Iffland cruised to her third win of the season, and her title defence looked all set to be a walk in the park.

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But an injury in training at the following stop in Mostar meant no points for Iffland and Adriana Jimenez and Helena Merten suddenly had the champion in their sights going into the final event.

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After a poor season up until this point, out of nowhere Cesilie Carlton rediscovered her form to take victory at the old bridge.

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And, talking of bridges, Gary Hunt dispelled the myth that he couldn't win from them in the World Series. His victory in Mostar, along with his closest rivals all faltering, meant the Brit only needed to finish seventh at the final stop to secure his 7th title.

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A stunning new location at Lago Ranco, in the waterfalls of Chile, was the scene for the 2017 season finale.

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With her knees strapped heavily, barely able to walk, and under pressure from her closest rivals, Rhiannan Iffland defied belief to take another victory and successfully defend her title.

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Jonathan Paredes delivered the best day's diving of his career, nailing his brand new dive, and picked up his first win of the season.

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And Paredes, along with the whole cliff diving world, could not quite believe it when Gary Hunt failed his final dive of the season to give up the title to the Mexican.

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The two champions show off their King Kahekili trophies at the end of a thrilling and unforgettable season.

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