Laugher eyeing big scores after National Cup victory

01 February 2014 / 20:42

Jack Laugher revealed his desperation for bigger and better scores after claiming a third successive victory in the 3m springboard at the British Gas National Cup.

The 19-year-old City of Leeds diver never dropped below 60 points throughout the rounds and took gold with a total score of 480.60 in Southend.

But Laugher insists it is the 500-point barrier that he wants to be breaking this year.

“I almost scored 500 and 500 is my goal and that’s what I want to get to with my performances. I am a bit disappointed because it was in reach but I am alright,” he said.

“To be able to come to a competition like this and perform really well on the 1m and 3m I have done well even with all the bad preparation that I have had.”

Elsewhere Sarah Barrow, who finished fourth at last year’s World Championships, claimed the first victory of her career at a British Gas National Cup in the 10m platform.

Barrow won with an overall total of 351.50 points, better than her effort at the Barcelona global gathering last year, and she was delighted with her start to 2014.

“I was really happy with the final because I came fourth at the worlds in Barcelona last year and I wanted to come into this competition and do the same as there,” Barrow said.

“It was a personal best and about five points more than Barcelona which is great. The target was to score more than 345 which I did.

“It wasn’t looking too good in the prelim but I managed to improve in the final. My performance in Barcelona really made me and Andy Banks, my coach, feel we could get high at a world circuit.”

Meanwhile Lydia Rosenthall and Katherine Torrance won the women’s 3m synchro and Charlie Wood and Lewys Oakley won the men’s 10m synchro.

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