Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes wins Red Bull Cliff Diving 2017 title in Chile

LAGO RANCO – Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes lifted his maiden Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title in Chile over the weekend.

The 28-year-old Mexican watched as six-time champion Gary Hunt, from Britain, accidentally added an extra twist to his final dive, giving him a zero for the effort and opening the door for Parades.

Jonathan, who hails from Mexico City, nailed his fourth and final dive to raise his World Series total to 720 points and take home the 2017 King Kahekili trophy.

Hunt ended the 2017 season with 710 points while fellow Briton Blake Aldridge finished third overall with 580.

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On the women’s side Australian Rhiannan Iffland defended her crown to win her second title at the iconic waterfall setting in Lago Ranco.

Iffland overcame injury to finish the season with 890 points overall, 150 points ahead of her countrywoman and second place finisher Helena Merten. Mexico’s Adriana Jimenez finished third with 690 points.

The Red Bull Cliff Diving Series held its final competition this year at Chile’s Lago Ranco on Oct 21, where the Rininahue waterfalls at the foothills of the Andes mountains formed a stunning backdrop to the competition.

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The Series began in 2009 and takes place across six locations worldwide. It sees competitors attempt multiple twists and somersaults mid-air from heights as great as 90 feet (27 meters).