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Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series: Gary Hunt wins fifth title

By Amit Nathwani

Updated 1545 GMT (2345 HKT) September 28, 2015
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The 2015 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series came to a climax in Bilbao, Spain -- with a spectacular backdrop of the Guggenheim Museum and 50,000 spectators. Handout/Getty Images Europe
Britain's Gary Hunt won his fifth series title in seven years despite not qualifying for the final eight in Bilbao. He won six of the eight rounds in 2015. "I can't be disappointed about today, because this has been the best year of my career and my life," said Hunt, 31. Handout/Getty Images Europe
Steven LoBue snatched victory in the series' milestone 50th event since its launch in 2009. A daring dive of five front somersaults and a half twist pike earned the American his first win this season and third overall. Handout/Getty Images Europe
Veteran Orlando Duque was second in Bilbao on Saturday, and the 41-year-old Colombian was overall runner-up behind Hunt. Handout/Getty Images Europe
Duque looks down at the Nervion river from his position on La Salve Bridge. The 27-meter platform is three times the height of an Olympic diving board. Handout/Getty Images Europe
The series allows some of the bravest divers in the world to compete in natural and urban surroundings, including remote and iconic venues across South America, U.S. and Europe between April and September. Handout/Getty Images Europe
It's been a difficult year for LoBue, who smashed his head onto a platform during the event in La Rochelle, France, in May.

"I was mentally strong enough to get over that incident and I'm just so, so happy that I was able to put those dives together today. I'm just lost for words," said the Fort Lauderdale resident, who narrowly missed out on a spot with the U.S. Olympic diving team in 2004.
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Hunt won the first five rounds of 2015 before finishing fifth in August's trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina. He bounced back with victory in Italy. Handout/Getty Images Europe