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  • Writer's pictureDylan Kelly

Cliff Diving World Series is Back in Boston!

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These divers know how to make a splash.

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series made a thrilling return to Boston yesterday, with elite divers performing daring jumps, flips, and twists from nearly 90 feet above the Institute of Contemporary Art into Boston Harbor.

Kicking off in 2009, this spectacular event spans two days in the Seaport. Friday's practice rounds for 24 athletes took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the men’s and women’s finals are set for Saturday from 1:37 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Boston is the sole U.S. stop for the World Series, which began in Athens on May 26 and will conclude in Sydney on November 10. With the city's skyline as a dramatic backdrop, the platforms stand at 88.5 feet for the men’s competition and 69 feet for the women, with divers reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

Reigning world series champions Rhiannan Iffland of Australia and Constantin Popovici of Romania will compete, alongside last year’s Boston winners, Molly Carlson of Canada and Aidan Heslop of Great Britain. American divers Ellie Smart, Maya Kelly, and Kaylea Arnett will also participate.

The event is free, with gates opening at 12 p.m. Today.

Here’s the schedule for Today:

  • Noon — Gates open

  • 1 p.m. — Action starts with warmup dives

  • 1:37-2:20 p.m. — Women’s finals

  • 2:20-2:50 p.m. — Men’s finals

  • 3-3:30 p.m. — Awards ceremony


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