Nords Wharf cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland was happy just to complete a safe final dive after fighting through a groin injury to retain her world championship lead at the Stari Most bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 24-year-old wildcard has now finished on the podium in all five rounds of her rookie season, winning three of them. But second-placed Lysanne Richard, of Canada, won in Mostar with her last dive to cut the Australian’s lead from 150 points to 90 with two rounds to go in Japan and Dubai next month.
“I am really happy with how I dived yesterday, and I felt good with [today’s] dive,” said Iffland, who skipped her practice dives due to the groin problem.
“It was a fraction short, and I was pushing through an injury, so I’m really happy that I finished the dive safe.”
The Stari Most bridge has hosted diving competitions for hundreds of years, and young men from the town traditionally leap from its apex to test of their maturity.
The women’s cliff diving world championship began in 2014 but had not visited the 21.5-metre Stari Most platform before this year.
Iffland said the enthusiasm of the 20,000-strong crowd was infectious.
“It’s a great feeling. Everybody here’s so energetic and you just take the energy and use it up on the platform,” she said.
- Top 5: 1. Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) 890pts, 2. Lysanne Richard (CAN) 810, 3. Cesilie Carlton (USA) 580, 4. Helena Merten (AUS) 480, 5. Adriana Jimenez (MEX) 430.