Record seventh World Series title for Hunt

24 Sep 2018

Great Britain's Gary Hunt was at his imperious best as he saw off challenges from rivals to secure the 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title in Polignano a Mare, Italy.

Gary Hunt

For Hunt, it was a record seventh King Kahekili Trophy in the 10th anniversary season of the international competition and after he had collected the silverware he explained, "It feels kind of strange, I forbid myself to imagine this moment. After what happened last year I said just take it as it comes if it comes and so to live this moment now I’m so, so happy. 

"This season has really reminded me how much I love the sport. This place was a great idea to have as a final, because this town loves this sport and it’s a natural amphitheatre for this competition.

"This is absolutely my most special season win. It’s just the road I went on this winter, it was a really tough one and made me question myself why I’m doing this and do I want to do this. A few tough results at the start. I learned a lot about myself this year and for that reason, it’s very special."

Results - Stop #7, Polignano a Mare | ITA
1- Gary Hunt GBR – 418.65pts
2- Steven LoBue USA – 406.056
3- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 391.35
4- Michal Navratil CZE – 385.40
5- Constantin Popovici (W) ROU – 375.20
6- Andy Jones USA – 374.75
7- Alessandro De Rose ITA – 365.65
8- Kris Kolanus POL – 360.35
9- Blake Aldridge GBR – 354.10
10- Sergio Guzman (W) MEX – 350.45

Final standings (after 7 of 7 stops)
1- Gary Hunt GBR – 1010pts
2- Steven LoBue USA – 950
3- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 790
4- Michal Navratil CZE – 680
5- Andy Jones USA – 570
6- Kris Kolanus POL – 520
7- Blake Aldridge GBR – 448
8- Alessandro De Rose ITA - 409
9- David Colturi USA - 330
10- Sergio Guzman (W) MEX – 300