Jack lays down the Laugher with Kazan gold

Jack lays down the Laugher with Kazan gold

11 May 2019 / 19:44

Jack Laugher's fine season continued in style with World Series gold in the men's 3m springboard in Kazan, just one week out from a British homecoming.

The 24-year-old, who won Olympic silver in this event at Rio 2016, totalled 499.30 points from his six dives in Russia to back up a pair of bronze medals in Sagamihara and Beijing, and a silver in Montreal.

It leaves him in top form ahead of his return to London next week for the final leg of the World Series, the last major event ahead of July’s World Championships in South Korea.

Laugher started slowly, with China’s Jianfeng Peng in control with three dives to go.

But Laugher nailed his forward two-and-a-half somersaults three twists to score an eyebrow-raising 91.65 points.

That catapulted him into the lead and he stayed there to beat Russia’s Evgeny Kuznetsov on 466.60 and Peng, who finished with 464.95.

Elsewhere, Matty Lee and Robyn Birch finished sixth in the mixed synchro platform with a score of 270.06 – while both Lois Toulson and Robyn Birch missed out on a place in the women’s 10m platform.

Sportsbeat 2019