Laugher crowned champion

08 October 2012 / 08:58

British rising star Jack Laugher claimed the third world youth title of his career with a comfortable victory in the three-metre springboard at the World Junior Diving Championships.

Laugher, 17, attracted one score of 10 as he easily outpointed his rivals to ensure Great Britain got off to a golden start on the opening day in Adelaide.

The Ripon diver won the junior 3m and 1m crowns in Tucson two years ago and, after being touted as a future world champion by American legend Greg Louganis, has since established himself inside the world's top 10.

Laugher endured a forgettable Olympics, however, when he crashed out in the first round and failed to compete his final dive.

But in his first competition since London he proved his class, winning a 10 for his second three-and-a-half reverse somersaults, on way to a score of 635.45.

China's Peng Jianfeng was Laugher's closest challenger some 56.80. Laugher's team-mate Daniel Goodfellow was 12th with a score of 482.30.

Plymouth's Shanice Lobb (293.40) was 10th in the girl's 1m 'B' category springboard final.

Laugher will go for more gold on Tuesday when he partners Tom Daley in the 3m synchro.

Daley will make his first competitive appearance since he won an Olympic bronze medal in a memorable final of the 10m platform in London.