Laugher storms into final

22 February 2012 / 12:24

Jack Laugher recorded a lifetime best as he qualified for Wednesday night's final of the 3metre springboard at the FINA World Cup at the Olympic Aquatics Centre.

The 17-year-old has been tipped as a future world champion by American diving great Greg Louganis and continued his rapid rise on Wednesday morning to prove why.

Laugher finished sixth in the semi-final but more importantly continued his upward trend after returning a score of 467.60.

That easily exceeded his tally he returned when finishing eighth at the World Championships in Shanghai last July and left Laugher admitting he has been surprised at the speed of his development.

"[I'm progressing] a lot faster than I thought. I didn't really think I would be improving on Shanghai last year," the Harrogate diver said.

"I thought I'd stay at a similar level but I've improved so far. I've improved at the nationals, I've improved here so if things keep carrying on going the way they are maybe I'll improve at the Olympics as well."

Team-mate Chris Mears failed to reach the final after he finished 16th, however, he was able to reflect on a good meet after securing Britain's second place in the springboard by reaching the semi-final.

The 19-year-old is likely to grab that when he must qualify at the British Championships in June, and said: "I got my Olympic place yesterday. I was so happy about that.

"Today I just wanted to enjoy it. I dropped one dive but I did probably the best reverse-pike I've done in my life."

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow will compete in Wednesday afternoon's platform synchro prelim as they look to join Laugher in the evening finals session.

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