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An Italian Cinderella Story in Pictures

The scene was set as 50,000 fans gathered on the beach, the rocks, balconies and boats.

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Jonathan Paredes joins US Olympic diver David Boudia on the men's platform.

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Reigning champion Gary Hunt is introduced to the fans.

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Italian singer Baby K boosted the atmosphere with a pre-competition performance from the platform balcony.

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Wildcard Anna Bader continued her strong form with another third-place finish in Italy.

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And another wildcard went one better, as Brazil's Jaki Valente made the podium for the first time in her career with a second-place finish.

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David Colturi produced a fine display of diving to make the podium for the first time since his shoulder surgery.

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Fellow American Andy Jones is becoming a familiar face on the podium, grabbing another third place following a similar result in Ireland at the start of the season.

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Rhiannan Iffland may have had her first dip in form at the Azores two weeks ago, but she was back in flying form on the Adriatic.

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The women celebrate on the podium.

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"Focus, you can do this", is the message Alessandro De Rose's trainer Nicole seems to be conveying.

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The crowd had no doubts that their man could do it...

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The realisation begins to sink in as De Rose sees his winning score on the screen.

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The Italian wildcard was emotional as his mother hugged him on the shore.

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Celebration time for the men.

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A cliff diving Cinderella story ends with the two winners celebrating together.

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