Consistency pays off as Mears and Laugher secure successive Synchro silvers

Consistency pays off as Mears and Laugher secure successive Synchro silvers

09 March 2017 / 19:28
Olympic champions Jack Laugher and Chris Mears added yet another medal to their collection by taking Men’s 3m Synchro silver at the Diving World Series in Guangzhou.

The pair won gold in the event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, also following up last week’s silver in Beijing with another second-place finish to continue their consistent run of form.

A front four-and-a-half somersault tucked from their final dive was enough for them to earn 92.34 points, comfortably finishing ahead of the bronze medal Russian pair with a score of 450.60 points.

They were to also score 86.58 for their hardest dive - the front two-and-a-half somersault triple twist piked - though it was China’s Xie Siyi and Cao Yuan taking top spot with a score of 466.02.

But with a score more than 20 points higher than their Beijing effort, Laugher and Mears were understandably left pleased with their development across the week.

There was also a strong showing for Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson, finishing fifth in the Women’s 10m Synchro with a score of 308.16.

China’s Chang Yani and Ren Qian led the way less than 40 points ahead of the British pair, who saw their score increase with each subsequent dive, earning 77.76 from the last to pip the American duo.

Grace Reid and Katherine Torrance were also in action on day one in Guangzhou, registering 276.48 from their six efforts in the Women’s 3m Synchro.

The World Series continues tomorrow with Laugher back on the board for the semi-finals of the Men’s 3m Springboard, with Torrance and Reid competing in the women’s equivalent.

It will be a busy day all-round for Reid, teaming up with Tom Daley for the Mixed 3m Synchro final too, with Daley looking to build on his individual bronze from Beijing.

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