Australian Rhiannan Iffland claims Red Bull Cliff Diving title

From relative unknown to champion, Australia's Rhiannan Iffland produced a stunning performance to win the Red Bull Cliff Diving Women's World Series title in her debut season.

A wildcard entrant, Iffland produced a dream debut season, shocking everyone and rewriting the history books by becoming the first ever wildcard entrant to win a Red Bull Cliff Diving Women's title.

"I feel over the moon right now," said Iffland. "I think finding out about the title yesterday made it easier, and I had a little bit of less stress on my shoulders. All I wanted to do today was got out there and have a good time."

Winning four of the seven competitions with a 100 percent podium record throughout the season - including winning her debut competition in Texas - the 25-year-old needed so few points to secure the title under the lights in Dubai, she won the title with her opening round dive.

But Iffland kept her foot on the gas determined to finish the series in style to make her the undisputed dominator of the World Series, delivering a series of world class dives to claim her fifth win of seven rounds.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet, so I guess after tomorrow the competition is finished then it'll really hit me. I felt a little less stress on my shoulders and pulled the dives off and I am really happy.

"Yesterday prior to training it was a bit frightening with all the lights and the different atmosphere, but one or two dives in it was okay and I felt quite confident up the platform. You can't go out to the end of the platform thinking 'oh, it's really dark', that'd kind of suck yourself out, so I think that went quite in my favour and I felt quite comfortable today."

Iffland wasn't the only athlete from Down Under to reach the podium at Dubai with fellow Aussie Helena Merten, the youngest permanent athlete in the field, finishing with a personal best second place.

"It's pretty nerve wrecking, but I grew up in a show environment where I kind of had the same environment with a black audience, spotlight in my eyes and a light pool," Merten said. "It was cool today, so let's see for my harder dives, but so far I really like the setting."

This year's Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series was the biggest-ever in their eight year history, with nine testing competitions, including seven for the women, between June and October, with divers diving from heights of 26m to 28m.