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A day of drama in pictures

A 55,000-strong crowd gathered on rocks, boats and the pebble beach as excitement built.

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Andy Jones stops for a quick photo with the fans before heading up to the platform.

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All together now...the 22 athletes gather for a group shot ahead of the competition.

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Artem Silchenko pondered over a leg injury, before deciding to brave the pain and compete.

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David Colturi zips through the air, but couldn't pull off a repeat of his podium finish in Bosnia.

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Local boy, Alessandro De Rose, felt like a king in front of his screaming home fans.

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Even Jonathan Paredes felt like 'king of the world' after a third-place finish...

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And it's high-five time with the Mexican for one young fan.

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The judges were showing 8s here, but Gary Hunt managed to score five 10s on his way to victory.

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Victorious on the waves...the unstoppable Brit had just wowed the crowds with a running take-off.

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Celebration time for the men as Gary, Orlando and Jonathan take to the podium.

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And for the women too, as Rachelle Simpson succesfully defended her World Series title.

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Rachelle proudly shows off her trophy in the waters of Polignano a Mare.

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