Lysanne Richard from Canada (centre) won the gold medal after three rounds at the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club. Image Credit: Organiser

Abu Dhabi: Lysanne Richard of Canada clinched gold medal after three rounds the High-Diving World Cup for women which concluded at the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club on Sunday.

Diving from a 20-metre platform, she finished the final round on 253.8 points, with the Australian diver Helena Merten was second on 229.6 points and Ginger Huber from the USA won the bronze medal with 209.85 points.

Dr May Al Jaber, board member of Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, said: “We congratulate the outstanding finalists in the FINA High-Diving World Cup in Abu Dhabi and special credit to the gold winner for her performance. These competitions were organised by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, aiming to enhance Abu Dhabi’s positioning as a leading sports destination.”

“The women’s high-diving event today was a celebration of the participants’ achievement of fitness. These ladies have taken exercise and fitness to the next level, making it into an art form,” said Dr Michael Bitzer, Chief Executive Officer of National Insurance Company – Daman. “I hope that their performance today will serve as an inspiration to our communities to get fit and take up sporting activities as a means for recreation as well as being healthy.”

The FINA High-Diving World Cup for men and women began on Saturday and will conclude on Monday with the men’s final rounds.

The first two rounds of the Men’s High-Diving World Cup witnessed spectacular performances from the 27-metre platform, with the world high-dive champion Gary Hunt, from the United Kingdom, taking the lead with 108.3 points, followed by Jonathan Paredes from Mexico and Antem Silchenko from Russia.

The FINA World Cup Series is hosted by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the UAE Swimming Federation and FINA under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC).