Rhiannan Iffland has the chance to crown a perfect Red Bull cliff-diving season in Bilbao, Spain later this week, after clinching the world series title with a massive 1,000 points in Bosnia and Herzegovina last month.
Iffland, who currently sits nearly 500 points ahead of her closest competitors Jesscia Macaulay (540) and Yana Nestsiarava (510), has already well and truly clinched her fourth world title, and has now turned her attention to another target.
If she can secure victory in front of the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, she will have secured a clean sweep of the competition in 2019 and etched her name into the cliff diving history books for yet another reason.
Iffland admits she’s taken a bit of a different course with her mental attitude, especially in the recent Mostar leg where she scored her first sixth-round win.
“I tried to come in with a different mental attitude to the last few years,” Iffland said.
“The previous years it’s been tough for me, I’ve struggled with injuries and I haven’t got the best track record, but my strategy was just to come in and dive like I’ve been diving for the rest of the season.
“It sounds pretty special: ‘world series champion’. There is still one competition and I’m going to focus on that. I’ll reward myself once I’m finished in Bilbao.”
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The season-ending event in Bilbao will mark the first time the women’s event has dived in front of the Guggenheim Museum and into the Nervión river, marking another chance for Iffland to stamp her authority on the event.
The final leg will be live on September 14 at www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV, Facebook & YouTube. More details can be found at about.redbull.tv.