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Australian becomes youngest ever high diving world champion in Budapest.
Rhiannan Iffland continued her stunning form by storming to gold at the FINA World Championships while Steven LoBue claimed victory in the men’s #competition.
In front of the impressive backdrop of the Hungarian Parliament in the capital, Iffland nailed her final dive to become the first Australian and first non-American to win the women’s gold.
The #event on Saturday from the 20-metre platform saw Iffland, who leads the 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving series by 130 points, clinch the title courtesy of a final 96.90-point triple-back dive and overall 320.70 total.
The 25 year-old champion said, “A lot of it is about mental strength, holding it together mentally as you step up to the platform.
“Seeing the view – Parliament on the right and the city around – definitely took the edge off the diving."
Mexico’s Adriana Jimenez claimed silver with 308.90, while Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus scored 303.95 over Friday and Saturday’s four rounds to finish with bronze.
LoBue won gold in the men’s 27m #event on Sunday after a dramatic shift at the top in the fourth and final round.
The American pulled out a peach of a dive to take gold with 2015 winner Gary Hunt, who had been in the lead, sinking to fifth after he over-rotated his entry.
LoBue scored 397.15 points to triumph with Michal Navratil (390.90) securing the Czech Republic's first ever medal with silver leaving Italy's Alessandro De Rose in bronze (379.65) to cap an amazing month.
2013 champion and current Red Bull Cliff Diving leader Orlando Duque climbed back up to sixth after the final routine, while American David Colturi slipped back to 10th having been in fifth.
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