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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Daredevil swoops to conquer in Aran cliff-dive spectacular

Claire McCormack

Published 30/06/2014 | 02:30

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A cliff diver claimed gold in eye-catching fashion as 3,000 onlookers gathered to watch this year's Red Bull competition on the Aran Islands.

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UK diver Gary Hunt (30), won the third leg of the 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on Inis Mór yesterday.

After a competitive two-day performance, Hunt, who has three World Series titles, secured another personal goal, beating 13 other divers, from 10 different countries, to first place after diving 28 metres into the Serpent's Lair.

The diver made it back to back wins in front 3,000 people in a performance he described as "quite special" to him.

"Having come here two years ago and getting the worst result of my career, it's been great to get the win today," said Hunt.

From the Aran Islands, the cliff diving elite will head to Norway for the next stop of the 2014 World Series, in two weeks' time.

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Andy Jones, USA, dives from the 28 metre platform during the seeding round of the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Samo Vidic / SPORTSFILE
Andy Jones, USA, dives from the 28 metre platform during the seeding round of the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Samo Vidic / SPORTSFILE
28/06/2014 A diver warms up at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World series 2014 in the Serpent's Lair on the Aran Islands, Co. Galway. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
28/06/2014 A diver warms up at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World series 2014 in the Serpent's Lair on the Aran Islands, Co. Galway. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

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