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Britain's Aldridge wins Cuban cliff diving event

HAVANA, Cuba -- Britain's Blake Aldridge won the first event in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on Saturday beating out Mexico's Jonathan Paredes.

Third place was taken by Britain's Gary Hunt while American Steven LoBue was fifth.

Divers jumped from a 27-meter platform positioned on Havana's historic Morro Castle. Thousands of spectators watched the divers from the Cuban capital's famed seaside Malecon.

"I think the wind was key for all of us, we were a bit nervous standing on the platform," said Paredes. "The platform is excellent and what is good is that the water is warm, which makes the fall smoother."

Saturday's dive was the first event of the 2014 Cliff Diving World Series, which will end in October in Niteroi, Brazil, after passing through the United States, Ireland, Norway, Portugal and Spain.

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