Double medal success for Brits on day one in London

01 May 2015 / 22:25

Jack Laugher and Christopher Mears secured a silver medal on the opening day of the Diving World Series in London, with the former paying tribute to the raucous home crowd for propelling them to the podium.

The British pair scored 433.80 from their six dives in the men's 3m synchro at the Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park.

The event was won by China's Yuan Cao and Kai Qin with a score of 447.75, but there was no wiping the smile of Laugher’s face.

Laugher said: "The World Series started off with two fourth places which for us was a real kick in the teeth because fourth is the worst position you can finish because you're so close to the medals.

"We knew things had to change and we've rectified those changes. We've improved our routine and were more focused coming into this.

"Especially in front of a home crowd it really helped us lift our performance and get that silver medal."

There was also success for Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow as they won bronze in the women's 10m synchro with a score of 311.88 from their five dives.

The event was won by Ruolin Chen and  Huixia Liu of China with a score of 332.88 ahead of Malaysians Mun Yee Leong and Pandelela Rinong in second.

"We both dived really well today, getting the bronze medal was tough. We focused on what we had to do and we're really pleased," said Couch.

"In the synchro events the Chinese are very much out in front. They seem to nail all there dives and that's what we've got to do."

Meanwhile, Barrow highlighted how she feels the pairs recent hard work in training is finally paying off after being disappointed with recent results.

She added: "I think after the back of Dubai and Beijing we were a little bit disappointed with our results.

"After a couple of injuries we've had this year and last year we've gone back and really focused on training, specific stuff and it's worked so far."

Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the women's 3m synchro.

The pair lost out on a medal after finishing just 0.22 points behind Canada's Jennifer Able and Pamela Ware in an event which was also won by China.

Blagg said: "It's gutting I'm not going to lie, especially being here in front of our home crowd. I know we've done them proud but it would of been nice to show off a bit of bling.”

And James Denny and Matthew Lee finished in a respectable fifth place in the men's 10m synchro with a score of 385.32.

The event was won by China's Aisen Chen and Yue Lin with a score of 474.94.

Speaking after their performance, Denny said: "It was our best performance yet. We're a pretty young pair and we've only been together for less than a year.

"Every chance we get to dive together in synchro we just want to build on the experience moving into future events."

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