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The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 continues at the birthplace of modern competitive sports, Athens, Greece, on Sunday, May 22 in an event you can see live on Red Bull TV.

Just a stone’s throw away from Athens’ city centre where the Olympic spirit remains omnipresent, Gary HuntArtem Silchenko and Slava Polyeshchuk will be among those fighting it out for victory during the third stop of competition at Lake Vouliagmeni.

Fittingly, it is also the occasion at which two-time Olympic gold medallist Greg Louganis will judge a World Series competition for the first time, with the American diving legend taking his place among a five-person judging panel.

Unfortunately, however, there will be no Orlando Duque, the all-conquering Colombian, who had won the first two competitions, sustained an ankle injury at the end of April and, though he is recovering well from surgery, the nine-time world champion will take no further part this year.

Duque’s absence throws the competition for the top spots wide open again, with the battle for a place on the podium set to become even more intense. In Athens, Bulgarian wildcard Todor Spasov will complete the 12-strong field.

After the glorious isolation of Chile’s Rapa Nui and the verdant beauty of Mexico’s Cenote Ik Kil, the World Series makes a return visit to Europe for one of its favourite destinations, with Athens having previously hosted the grand final in the Series’ inaugural season in 2009.

In response to the increased level of diving and the higher difficulty of performed dives, the diving location has also gone up a notch. A raised platform 27 metres high will serve as the take-off point for the world’s best athletes as they begin their three-second descent.

Only 5,000 tickets have been made available for the event, and, if you are not lucky enough to be able to attend live, remember you can watch the action unfold in real time for the first time on from 4.00pm (CEST).


Bienvenue à Athènes, berceau de l’Olympisme et prochaine étape des Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series ! Orphelins du leader au classement général Orlando Duque, blessé à une cheville et indisponible pendant au moins quatre mois, les plongeurs de l’extrême débarquent en Grèce avec de grosses ambitions. C’est notamment le cas de Gary Hunt, champion du monde en titre, qui pourrait prendre la tête du classement en cas de succès. À suivre en direct sur la Red Bull Web TV dimanche 22 mai, à partir de 16h !

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