Rhiannon Iffland may have saved the best dive until last in Moster, Bosnia and Herzegovina,but it wasn’t enough for the reigning Cliff Diving World Series champion to take out the top spot, as she finished runner-up behind Mexico’s Adriana Jimenez.
As the end of the Cliff Diving season approaches, the second place finish may be a welcome placing for most divers, but for Iffland it means the first time in her World Series career she’s failed to get a result in the 21m in back-to-back events.
The second place result also leaves her trailing Jimenez as they barrel towards the series-ending Polignano a Mare in Italy in less than a fortnight.
Swansea’s diving champion will now have to recover her form in time to defend her world title, and the final dive into the Neretva River – highlighted as the jump of the tournament – will boost her confidence.
The Italian event – and Iffland’s quest to return to the Cliff Diving throne – will be aired live on Red Bull TV, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch on Sunday, September 23.
CLIFF DIVING WOMENS TOP 3: Adriana Jimenez (326.90), Rhiannan Iffland (317.10), Jessica Macaulay (308.55).