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Iffland and Heslop Triumph at 100th Red Bull Cliff Diving Event in Boston


Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland and Aidan Heslop of Great Britain emerged victorious at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series' milestone 100th event in Boston

Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland and Aidan Heslop of Great Britain clinched first place as the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series celebrated its milestone 100th event in Boston. Local favorites Kaylea Arnett and James Lichtenstein delighted the home crowd with runner-up finishes.

Iffland Returns to Top Form

After a second-place finish in Athens two weeks ago, Iffland showcased her dominance with a near-perfect Back 3 Somersaults 2 Twist Pike in the final round. This victory marks her 36th win in 45 stops, solidifying her position at the top of the overall standings.

“After the first stop in Greece I had to go back and really do some hard work,” said the seven-time champion. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and it wasn’t, but it feels good to be back and I wasn’t ready to settle for second place. The pressure’s coming and the young girls are diving super well. I know it’s going to be challenging but I’m just trying to enjoy that challenge and let it push me as far as I can go.”

Arnett's Surprise Podium Finish

Newcomer Kaylea Arnett impressed the judges with consistently high scores, becoming just the third female wildcard to podium on her debut.

“I’m just thrilled to be here and to do my dives as well as I did, this is awesome,” said Arnett, who could become a formidable contender this season if she receives further invites.

Heslop's Winning Return

Heslop, who had a disappointing sixth place in Athens, bounced back with a win in Boston, where he had his first World Series victory two years ago.

“I went into Athens with a bit too much pressure on myself and I wanted to come here and have a bit more fun. That’s what seems to put me in the right mindset to do these good dives, so that’s how I’m going to stay for the rest of the season,” said the 22-year-old prodigy.

Despite injuries sidelining his rivals Constantin Popovici and Catalin Preda, Heslop faced stiff competition from American James Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein’s Back 5 Somersaults Tuck in the final round pushed Heslop to perform a stunning Back 4 Somersaults 3 Twists Pike, securing his win.

Lichtenstein Shines on Home Soil

Lichtenstein's second-place finish was his highest-ever on home soil, complemented by his third place in Athens, propelling him to the top of the overall standings. Independent athlete Nikita Fedotov rounded out the podium, marking his first top-three finish since Paris last June.

Special Recognitions and Future Events

Bonus points for the best dives went to Iffland for her Forward 3 Somersaults ½ Twist Pike and to Lichtenstein for his fourth-round performance. The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the women’s competition, with tens of thousands of fans in attendance and retired American divers Steven LoBue and Ginger Huber on the judging panel.

The world’s top cliff divers will reconvene after a three-week break at Italy’s Polignano a Mare, the home of European cliff diving.

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