Two high diving athletes who thrilled crowds last year on Grand Cayman’s waterfront leaping from helicopters at Pirates Week excelled in the inaugural High Diving World Championships in Barcelona last week.
Colombian Orlando Dugue became the first men’s world champion in high diving after a brilliant final, in which he combined technique, steadiness and flair in all three dives he performed.
Veteran Dugue, 38, also won the first title ever for Colombia in the history of the FINA World Championships.
He concluded with an overall 590.20, a mere 0.90 points ahead of silver medallist Gary Hunt from Great Britain. The bronze went to Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes, who performed with Dugue in George Town too.
Dugue and Paredes are stars of the Red Bull Cliff Diving series and were brought over by local Red Bull distributor Andreas “Zulu” Kettner.
“I’m really happy that they did so well at the world championships,” Kettner said. “They made a big impression when jumping out of helicopters here last year, so I’m not surprised at their achievement.
“Hopefully, they will return to Cayman soon because people are still talking about their dives from those giddy heights.”