In Brief

LANAI CITY, Hawaii (AP) – Orlando Duque of Oahu received a perfect score

on a double back-somersault with four twists on the way to capturing the Red

Bull Cliff Diving world championship Saturday.

Duque, 26, won $10,000 in

besting 10 other competitors diving 78 feet into the ocean from a platform

built atop Lanai’s Kaunolu Point.

Defending champion Dustin Webster of San

Diego placed second, and Todd Michael of Bensalem, Penn., was third.

The 11

divers qualified for the championship at competitions held in Croatia in May

and Switzerland in July. Duque, a native of Colombia, won both qualifying


Although people normally associate Acapulco, Mexico, with cliff

diving, Webster said the sport originated on Lanai, where Hawaiian warriors had

to prove their courage and honor, and pass the rites of bravery.


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