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This Aussie Rookie Just Took The Perfect Dive Into The World Stage

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But it turns out the dive was pulled off by wildcard entrant, Rhiannan Iffland, a 24-year-old Australian rookie from Newcastle, NSW, who only started her cliff diving career a year ago.

Her win in the Texas leg of the series meant an upset loss for local favourite, US diver Cesilie Carlton, who Iffland bested by 10 points.

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"I feel absolutely amazing! The crowd, the atmosphere, all the other amazing divers around – it’s a dream come true, to be honest. It still hasn’t sunk in, but at the moment I’m just so overly happy I can’t even explain," Iffland said in a statement.

Another rising star from Australia, Helena Merten came in third in the same competition. At 21-years-old, she is the youngest to compete in this year's series.

This event at Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas was the first stop in the nine-leg world series. The competition will take elite divers to some of the most amazing spots in the world.

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Iffland said her favourite cliff diving spots are in Italy and Cenote Ik Kil in Mexico, where she has had the chance to enjoy a solo dive.

"It's amazing to be given the opportunity to travel to fantastic destinations all over the world. To compete in a sport that I thoroughly enjoy is a dream come true."

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