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Gary has to hand over trophy
8:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
Gary Hunt couldn’t add to his hat-trick of Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series titles as he was beaten in the final leg by Artem Silchenko.
The Southampton diver, pictured right, still had a chance of the title going into the final dives of the season in Krabi Province, Thailand, but the Russian was just too good on the day.
Hunt said: “I woke up feeling great and was ready for a good battle.
“Artem has dived very well throughout the whole competition. With eight dives you have to be consistent.
“I love looking at that dive of Artem’s and I wanted to see it go down like that and that’s exactly what happened so hats-off and a big congratulations to him.”
After six competitions in Europe and North America, 14 of the world’s best cliff diving athletes arrived in Asia to showcase their pure sport during eight dives in four unique locations into translucent turquoise waters on the Phi Phi Islands and on Hong Island.
Silchenko’s first World Series title was secured in sensational style on Saturday with the last 27-metre cliff dive of the 2013 season – a back armstand with two and a half twists, two and a half somersaults, and a blind entry.
Standing on the edge of the platform knowing that he was one three second dive away from victory, Silchenko was pure focus as he took off, smashing through the water and then emerging, fists raised, to nines and tens from the judges.
Placing fourth in the Thailand competition, Hunt (980pts), who missed the podium for the very first time this year, had to finally hand over the crown after winning it for three consecutive years.
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