Britain's Hunt earns fourth consecutive High Diving World Cup champion in Zhaoqing

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-26 16:07:32|Editor: Li Xia
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ZHAOQING, Southern China, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Three-time World Cup winner Gary Hunt enjoyed "home advantage" and celebrated his fourth title in a row at the FINA High Diving World Cup here at the Yingxiong Diving Center on Sunday.

As hot favorite, Hunt dominated the field all the way through four dives in two days competition and collected a total of 436.70 points for his fourth consecutive World Cup title in four years.

David Colturi of the United States took the silver with 400.20 points and Constantin Popovici of Romania came to third with 397.60 points.

"This is the third time I've come here for training at the Yingxiong permanent facility in six months. I feel like I had the home advantage. It was really a different climate today and really nice weather," Hunt said.

"I think that last round was something special. Unlike before, as the defending champion I feel a lot of pressure on the last dive but I relied on my training, just focus on my breathing and managed to do what I need to do," explained the British star, who combined high difficulty of degree and beauty of dive and scored a day-high 145.60 points in his last dive 5268D (back 3 somersaults 4 twists).

The women's 20m competition will be held in the Sunday afternoon with 15 divers.