Laugher dives to springboard gold after exemplary Beijing display

Laugher dives to springboard gold after exemplary Beijing display

04 March 2017 / 17:27

Olympic champion Jack Laugher claimed yet another medal at the FINA Diving World Series by taking gold in the Men’s 3m springboard in Beijing.

Laugher had already picked up 3m synchro silver with fellow Rio 2016 gold medallist Chris Mears, but added some extra gloss to his trophy cabinet in what has become an excellent weekend on the board.

Scoring 554.00 points, Laugher delivered a display that would have seen him also top the pile in the event in Rio - in which he won silver - picking up his and the team’s second medal of the meet.

In a performance exemplary from start to finish, the 22-year-old delivered four dives of more than 90 points, seeing him finish almost 15 points ahead of Xie Siyi of China.


But it was his fourth effort in particular that really wowed the judges, coming agonisingly close to a rare triple-figure score in the process.

Delivering a forward 2-1/2 somersaults 3 twists of 3.9 difficulty, Laugher scored 99.45 in his most testing dive, a score from which he never looked back as he waltzed his way to the top of the podium.

Olympic champion Cao Yuan, who had partnered Xie to synchro gold against Mears and Laugher on Friday, was forced to settle for bronze.

Tom Daley and Grace Reid earlier competed in the mixed 3m synchro, nudged just outside of the medals as Canada rounded out the top three.

Kat Torrance made her individual World Series debut in the women’s 3m springboard final, delivering an impressive performance as she finished fifth with a final points total of 312.60.

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