World Champion Gary Hunt has stormed to victory in the first FINA HIgh Diving World Cup of 2016 in Abu Dhabi.
Hunt, FINA's Best Male High Diver of the Year, led throughout the event and after the first day held a score of 386.80 which meant a twenty point lead over his rivals.
Hunt's penultimate dive saw him awarded an incredible score of 98.80 to bring his total to 485.60 points and he impressed with his Front Triple Somersaults 3½ Twists in Freed position to finish the competition with a huge score of 639.30.
He finished with a lead of 60 points over second place, while fellow Brit Blake Aldridge finished in fifth place with a score of 558.45.
When you look at me in videos you may think I’m not scared, but trust me I am scared. If you act confident then everything else happens without too much problem.
Just the mere thought of diving from the 27m high board would terrify most people, and even Hunt feels the nerves, commenting, “When you look at me in videos you may think I’m not scared, but trust me I am scared. I just try and put those thoughts behind me and I try and act like it’s no big deal, to convince myself that I know what I’m doing."
"Deep down I’m definitely worried, I know the risk that we all take from those heights, but I think confidence is a massive part of the sport. If you act confident then everything else happens without too much problem.”
Check out Hunt's final training session last week, as he practised his impressive Back Triple Quad before the competition began.