There aren’t many sports stars or teams that have achieved the perfect season, winning every single game or event they contest across the year.
For the Hunter’s Rhiannan Iffland, who has been dubbed ‘the dominator from Down Under’ by the rest of the tour, her Red Bull cliff-diving world series was just that – seven straight victories in a row secured her unbeaten, and perfect, record in 2019.
“I’m still pinching myself. “It was actually really tough coming to this event when you already sealed the title in Mostar, but this year was amazing for me and I want to continue enjoying the sport as much as I have this season,” Iffland said.
Lake Macquarie’s queen of diving clinched her historic moment in front of more than 27,000 fans in Bilbao, and said she’s pleased her “training in the long offseason” was finally paying off. Even then, that’s putting it mildly.
Iffland now holds the title of the first diver, male or female, to march their way through a Red Bull cliff diving season undefeated. It’s a record that may never be broken.
The 28-year-old clinched the world title last month – her fourth in a row – in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She first joined the Red Bull tour in 2016, winning her very first event as a wildcard entrant. Since then she has dominated the sport.
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“I knew I had to put in a good one,” Iffland said of her final performance.
“I really want to take the points and the clean sweep. I have my friends over here from the UK and my boyfriend as well. It was a really nice feeling and I love it when the crowd is passing such a good energy, it helps.”
Iffland has already confirmed her participation in the 2020 season alongside Eleanor Townsend Smart (USA), Iris Schmidbauer (GER), Jacqueline Valente (BRA), Jessica Macaulay (GBR), Lysanne Richard (CAN), and Maria Paula Quintero (COL).
Women’s Cliff Diving top five
- Rhiannan Iffland AUS – 1200pts.
- Jessica Macaulay GBR – 670
- Lysanne Richard CAN – 660
- Yana Nestsiarava BLR – 580
- Eleanor Townsend Smart USA – 500