Laugher and Goodfellow top podium at World Diving Series

Laugher and Goodfellow top podium at World Diving Series

18 May 2019 / 20:35

It was a Super Saturday for Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow in the pool as the pair secured a British 1-2 at the London leg of the World Diving Series.

Continuing the feel-good factor surrounding British diving after Tom Daley and Matty Lee’s 10m synchro gold on Friday, Olympic champion Laugher racked up a mammoth 562.65 to bag top prize in the 3m springboard at the London Aquatics Centre.

He was joined on the podium by breakthrough star and synchro partner Goodfellow, who set a personal best of 500.55 to take silver ahead of China’s Zongyuan Wang.

Setting their stall out early on, Laugher and Goodfellow were ahead after the first two rounds of action, before the former pulled further clear with a stunning Inward 3 ½ Somersault Tuck that yielded 100.30 points.

Further scores of 95.55 and 106.40 confirmed the 24-year-old’s place on top of the podium, adding to an already extensive set of personal honours.

“I am over the moon with the first five dives,” Laugher said.

“It is really fantastic to get a 1-2 with Dan and for him to get over 500 points is a real world-class performance - for him to do it in front of a home crowd is unbelievable. 

“If we can do that together there is no limit to what we can achieve.”

For Goodfellow, meanwhile, silver was the culmination of a remarkable 12 months that started with him attempting to make the transition from the 10m synchro.

“I was disappointed by how the synchro went so it’s great to get my confidence back and dive well in front of a home crowd,” he said. 

“When you have the crowd behind you feel proud when you stand on the board and you know you have to do something good.

“That’s my first 500 list, which is what my goal has been the whole season, so I’m really pleased.”

Elsewhere on day two, Robyn Birch narrowly missed out on bronze in the women’s 10m platform, with Noah Williams and Lois Toulson fifth in the mixed 10m synchro duo.

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