COPENHAGEN, July 16, 2022 – Jessica Macaulay earned a bronze medal, reaching her first podium of the season at the third stop of the 2022 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, staged in Copenhagen.


The 29-year-old high diver, who has been training in Montreal since the beginning of 2021, finished the event with a cumulative score of 328.85 points to capture bronze. Australians Rhiannan Iffland (374.45) and Xantheia Pennisi (337.70) took gold and silver respectively. Canadian Molly Carlson narrowly missed the podium, finishing in fourth place with 324.10 points.


“I’m really happy with my placement overall, it’s been a couple competitions since I podiumed so I’m really happy about my performance. I think I just needed to find my footing a little bit at the beginning of the season. I felt really consistent up there this week”, said Macaulay.


According to Stéphane Lapointe, Canadian team coach, the strong winds made this week’s event particularly challenging. However, Macaulay was unfazed and was able to make the most of every dive. She improved her score by more than 37 points since last month’s World Series event in Paris.


“The weather conditions were not easy today, with strong winds at around 50km/h. The girls did really well despite it all. Jessica was very consistent on her four dives and we’re really happy with the medal she got. “ said Lapointe.


“I find Red Bull (events) always have their sets of challenges and it really pushes us to be the best athletes that we can when we overcome these challenges. I’m excited for the rest of the season!” added Macaulay.


As for Molly Carlson, her fourth and last dive lifted her to 4th spot, as she was rewarded with 9.5s and 10s from the judges. Previous results this season for the 22-year-old from Thunder Bay were gold in Boston and silver in Paris.


“It’s been exactly two years since Molly transitioned to high diving. She’s already accomplished so much in such a short time, it’s amazing!” added Stéphane Lapointe.


Nikita Fedotov wins bronze


Nikita Fedotov and Antonina Vyshyvanova, who arrived in Montreal in April 2022 to flee the war in Ukraine and pursue their training, were also in action today. Nikita won bronze (392.50), his first medal of the season, while Antonina finished 9th (271.45).