27m high, 3 seconds of breathtaking flying, 85 km/h freefall speed.
Malcesine has been invaded by 20,000 spectators and more than 200 boats. Every face on each boat, motor boat, windsurfer canoe, rubber boat and inflatable mattress is looking up to watch the fourth round of the 2013 world circuit.
So far the Podium is an Anglo American one with David Colturi, american athlete, in first place with 469.40 points. Right behind him are Steven LoBue and Gary Hunt, winners of the Malcesine competition two years ago and absolute overall winner in the last three years. Orlando Duque ("the duke") is amazing. Nine times world champion of Cliff Diving, he seemed to dance rather than dive.
After only 2 weeks of training, Italian Alessandro de Rose put in some great dives from 27m but not enough to get him into the top 9 finalists.
Here is the Malcesine classification:
- David Colturi | USA | 469.40 pts
- Steven LoBue | USA | 467.00 pts
- Gary Hunt | UK | 463.95 pts
- Michal Navratil | CZE | 448.00 pts
- Orlando Duque | COL | 427.30 pts
- Jonathan Paredes | MEX | 417.30 pts
- Mat Cowen | UK | 399.40 pts
- Anatoliy Shabotenko | UKR | 336.10 pts
- Kris Kolanus (wildcard) | POL | 322.95 pts
- Artem Silchenko | RUS | 249.90 pts
- Alessandro de Rose (wildcard) | ITA | 242.85 pts
- Gennadiy Kutsenko (wildcard) | UKR | 226.75 pts
- Sasha Kutsenko (wildcard) | UKR | 225.40 pts
- Jorge Ferzuli (wildcard) | MEX | 222.50 pts
- Blake Aldridge | UK | 220.50 pts
It couldn't have happened at a better time or in a better way. For my girlfriend to be here, for Steve (LoBue) to be second in this amazing place in Malcesine, on Lake Garda, it's just a dream come true. You're never going to win a Red Bull Cliff Diving event without hitting all four dives and that's been my goal to put together a full list. I've had a couple of good ones, like in Boston last year, but it's finally come together. I've got a new dive down too and there's more to come!
And while this was going on... 3 days of fun and partying in and around the town.