KINGS OF THE CASTLE
Artem Silchenko wins final in Ukraine, Gary Hunt receives 2011 overall title
Three 10s for one dive and more than 500 points in total – Artem Silchenko broke a personal and a World Series record at the grand final of the 2011 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Yalta, Ukraine. At the seventh and culminating competition, the Russian made it to the top of the podium for the first time this year, beating the reigning World Series champion Gary Hunt (GBR) by more than 50 points. With today’s victory, he secured his second overall place in front of 15,000 fans on boats, rocks and the beach surrounding Swallow’s Nest castle. Third today and overall finished Czech diver Michal Navratil.
From the remote Island of Rapa Nui to Central and North America and back to Europe - a season of the unexpected saw a great showdown on the Crimean peninsula, where the ‘brilliant Brit’ Gary Hunt defended his overall title and only the top six high divers pre-qualified for next season. A qualification competition at the beginning of next year will decide the participants for 2012.