Carlson second, Macaulay third at Mostar stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Molly Carlson finished second and Jessica Macaulay was third following the final round of the Mostar stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on Saturday in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland finished atop the podium with a score of 376.40.
Carlson entered the final round in second with a score of 253.75 and scored 93.10 on her last dive to finish with a combined score of 346.85 to maintain her spot on the podium.
“I was super pumped about my third dive; it was the front-quad, half tuck because it’s the last time I’m ever going to compete that one,” Carlson explained. “I am moving on to a harder position and a harder degree of difficulty at the next three stops doing the same dive – the front-quad, half, but in pike position. It was bittersweet to say goodbye to the dive that has brought me around the world and brought me some success. It was really fun to hit that one today.”
The 23-year-old finished sixth at Mostar last season – her first on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
“I am thrilled to have improved on that performance,” Carlson said. “I let the elements get the best of me last year. I think the experience – this was my first competition at the same location – I felt this feeling of confidence that I didn’t have the first time at Mostar. I’m just so pumped to stand up on that Bosnian podium, for sure.”
Macaulay entered the final round in sixth with a score of 213.00. The 29-year-old scored 104.00 on her last dive to vault her into podium position.
“It was really nice being up there on the podium again – it’s the cherry on the cake when you come to these events because they’re already so much fun,” said Macaulay, who finished with a combined score of 317.00. “We get to see our friends and travel around the world – whenever you dive well and end up on that podium, it just really makes the experience a little bit sweeter.”
The native of Great Yarmouth in the United Kingdom, representing Canada on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series for a second straight season, credited her mental game for improving her sixth-place finish in Oslo.
“I was much more engaged in the experience and really dialed in where I was focusing,” she said. “I was connecting to myself before my dives here, which helped me do well. I jumped from sixth to third on the final dive, and I was really happy with that. I felt in the zone today and was really strong in my head game.”
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