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El Nido to host cliff diving competition

The iconic Miniloc Island in El Nido will hold the first leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The Philippines gets to host the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series for the first time as the said competition series goes to the now famous Miniloc Island.

The best cliff divers in the world will converge in the said island, part of El Nido, from April 12-13 in the first leg of the Cliff Diving World Series' 2019 season, its 11th overall.

Rhiannan Iffland of Australia opens her bid for a fourth consecutive world title in the women's division, while England's Gary Hunt looks to capture his eighth title in the men's division in the said event.

El Nido is one of three new additions to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series host areas.

The World Series makes its next stop in another debuting city, Dublin, on May 12, while another cliff diving tournament will happen on July 14 in Beirut.

Overall, seven cities will host this year's Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, capping the season in Bilbao on Sept. 14.

Unlike the usual diving events, the divers will have to plunge to the open water from 27 meters high, nearly thrice the maximum height of pool diving, while performing acrobatic skills midair.

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