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Lysanne Richard 3rd in opening leg of cliff diving World Series

Montreal's Lysanne Richard opened this year’s cliff diving World Series on Saturday with a third-place finish on the Philippines’ Palawan Island.

Canadian will compete at world championships this summer in South Korea

Canada's Lysanne Richard opened this year's cliff diving World Series on Saturday with a third-place finish in the women's competition on the Philippines’ Palawan Island. (Romina Amato/Red Bull via Getty Images/File)

Montreal's Lysanne Richard opened this year's cliff diving World Series on Saturday with a third-place finish on the Philippines' Palawan Island.

Reigning three-time series champion Rhiannan Iffland of Australia won the women's competition, followed by Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus.

The women, who jump from 21 metres (63 feet), must nominate one different dive before each of the four rounds with the different levels of difficulty based on a combination of multiple twists and somersaults.

Richard, a former Cirque du Soleil performer, placed third in the overall standings last year with 690 points, 140 behind Iffland.

''I'm very pleased to have a successful start to the season,'' said Richard.

In November, Iffland won the FINA high diving World Cup title in Abu Dhabi with 322.95 points, defeating the 37-year-old Richard, who qualified for this summer's world championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

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Montreal's Lysanne Richard opened this year's cliff diving World Series with a third-place finish in the Philippines. 0:26
A mother of three, Richard posted her third career victory last August at a World Series stop in Sisikon, Switzerland.

''There are a lot of elements I need to improve,'' she said. ''But I'm motivated, willing to work hard and have great support.''

The 2016 FINA World Cup champion missed the entire 2017 season due to a neck injury.

Next on the seven-stop tour is Dublin on May 12.

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