Lake Macquarie cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland surged further ahead in the world series standings with a commanding win in round four on Monday in Texas.
The 25-year-old Cliff Diving World Series defending champion stretched her championship lead over Mexico’s Adriana Jimenez to 170 points after dominating at Possum Kingdom Lake.
Iffland has overcome injuries this year to win three of the four rounds and is poised to wrap up back-to-back titles at the spectacular Mostar bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina on September 16.
She won her debut world series event at Possum Kingdom Lake last year when it was the first stop on the tour.
I walked in as the rookie and I didn’t expect to perform the way I did. I had a lot more pressure coming into this competition.Rhiannan Iffland
“Last year was definitely a whirlwind for me,” she told the series website after her latest triumph off the 21-metre platform.
“I walked in as the rookie [last year] and I didn’t expect to perform the way I did. I had a lot more pressure coming into this competition.
“This year I came in with higher expectations, but once I got here and saw the crowd having a great time, the pressure was lifted and I was able to hit my dives.”
Jimenez finished second in Texas, and Australia’s Helena Merten was third, maintaining those rankings on the overalls points table as well.
Jimenez and Merten were equal first after Sunday’s first two dives, but Iffland pulled out her best when it mattered on day two to win on 315.6 points to Jimenez’s 304.15 and Merten’s 293.85.
The Nords Wharf diver said she was confident going into the final rounds in Bosnia, where she was third last year, and at a new championship venue in Lago Ranco, Chile.
“This result definitely puts me in a good position for the following two competitions, so I’m going to train hard from here on now, and I hope I can get two more victories, but I just want to go out there and enjoy it.”
Iffland learned to dive with Hunter United Diving Academy at Lambton Pool. Her winning dive in Texas was a back triple somersault in the pike position. She won the FINA world championship in Budapest in July with the same dive.
- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 690 points
- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 520 points
- Helena Merten (AUS) – 450 points
- Ginger Huber (USA) – 430 points
- Tara Hyer-Tira (W) (USA) – 270 points