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BARCELONA, Spain, July 31. WITH more than 10,000 in attendance to watch the dare devil high divers, Colombia’s Orlando Duque managed to claim victory at the end of five rounds of diving at the FINA World Championships.
Duque earned the historic gold medal with 590.20 points, while Great Britain’s Gary Hunt finished just behind with a silver-winning 589.30 point tally. Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes managed 578.35 points for bronze as the podium winners had clear separation from the rest of the pack.
“Being the champion of the first edition of this 15th FINA World Championships is fantastic. It’s amazing,” said Duque.
FINA included high diving this year as an experiment, capitalizing off the success of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. With the droves of spectators that flocked to attend the three days of diving, there’s a high likelihood that the event will return.