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Drama, Delight and Perfection in Pictures

Michal Navratil, Jonathan Paredes and Blake Aldridge gather for a jubilant top three selfie.

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The day had started off with a huge crowd gathering out on the waters of Possum Kingdom Lake.

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The fans were in fine spirits, and thanks to the blazing weather and exciting action they created a lively atmosphere.

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Gary Hunt attempted the most difficult dive in history, but didn't quite nail it this time. It's going to be a huge weapon for him this season though.

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Andy Jones just missed out on a spot in the men's final at his home event.

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And fellow American Rachelle Simpson couldn't find her usual stunning form and finished up in 6th place.

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A bit of magic from the newest permanent female, Helena Merten, ensured that she made it onto the podium in 3rd place.

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But the real surprise of the day was Australian wildcard, Rhiannan Iffland, who put on a delightful diving display to win on her World Series debut.

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Big smiles, a fist pump and a new star is born at Hell's Gate.

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What a feeling! It may be named Hell's Gate but Iffland was clearly in heaven as she celebrated on top of the podium.

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In the men's event Michal Navratil held his nerve, and his balance, to land on the podium in 3rd place.

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Blake Aldridge surged into the lead with some wonderful diving, and it looked like he was on his way to victory.

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But Jonathan Paredes swooped...

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And he looped...

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And after piercing the water in stunning style, barely creating a ripple, he emerged knowing he had sealed the win.

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The top three men proudly hold their trophies aloft beneath the scorching Texas sun.

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Number one! Iffland and Paredes have stormed into an early lead in the 2016 World Series and what a thrilling season it looks like we're set for.

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