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

Making a big splash.

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This was the winning dive for the women's division in the first leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series - one you'd expect from a veteran of the sport.

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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.

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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.

"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.
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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.

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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.

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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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."

Flippin' amazing performance, Rhiannan!

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