Iffland injured in 21-metre bridge dive | photos

Cliff Diving World Series champion Rhiannan Iffland’s title defence is in doubt after she injured her knee in the penultimate round in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The 25-year-old from Nords Wharf suffered a bad landing after diving from 21 metres off the historic Stari Most bridge in Mostar during practice for the fifth event of the world series.

She was loaded onto a stretcher in the water and lifted into the recovery boat in obvious pain.

She did not compete on Saturday night (AEST) and faces a race against time to be fit for the final round in Chile next month.

Iffland, who won the FINA high-diving world championship in Hungary this year, held a clear 170-point lead in the world series before the Bosnian round.

American Cesilie Carlton won the event in front of Australia’s Helena Merten, who is third in the series. 

Iffland still leads the championship by 60 points from Mexican Adriana Jimenez, who was fourth in Mostar, but would be unlikely to win the title if she cannot compete in Chile.

She had entered the competition in high spirits after a day of diving at a waterfall in the Bosnian wilderness.