Mears and Laugher claim maiden British title

20 February 2015 / 19:33

Chris Mears and Jack Laugher won their first British Diving Championships title as a pair after winning the 3m synchro on day one of action in Plymouth.

Mears and Laugher were the dominant pairing from the outset and maintained the gold medal position across all six rounds.

The duo, who claimed gold in this event at last summer’s Commonwealth Games, finished with 410.28 points and will now turn their attentions to their international rivals.

“We’ve got a big year coming up so this meet was very much about blowing the cobwebs off,” Mears said.

“We tried a new technique coming into this meet and there was some stuff in there that was good and some stuff that wasn’t so good.”

Laugher added: “We’ve got 6 World Series legs to do together, first out in china in a couple of week’s time. And then we have the World Champs later in the year out in Kazan. It’s is a great pool, I’ve dived out there before and it’s the first time we can qualify for the Olympics.”

Silver went to Ross Haslam and James Heatly with 355.08 points and Jack Haslam and Sam Thornton finished with bronze with 345.36 points.

The women’s 10m synchro title was won by Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow after they also led the event throughout to win with a final score of 305.22.

“We are very excited to be British Champions again,” Couch said. “We haven’t done a comp since Commonwealths so it was great to get in and get going.” 

Barrow commented: “It was really good to be at a British Championships at home, last year we were in Mexico so we weren’t able to compete at the Champs. But we're back in Plymouth and we were here two years ago so it's nice to come back and do well.” 

Silver went to Robyn Birch and Shanice Lobb with 267.72 and bronze went to Lauren Grinstead and Sarah White with a total of 244.32.

Elsewhere, Jack Haslam won his first British title after taking the gold in the men’s 1m springboard having fought his way back from a stress fracture in his back.

Silver went to Sam Thornton while bronze was won by James Denny.

Rhea Gayle returned to competition after a tough couple of seasons with gold in the 1m springboard, with Grace Reid finishing second and Clare Cryan in bronze.

And in the inaugural mixed 3m synchro event Grace Reid and James Heatly won with a score of 267.72, while Clare Cryan and Ross Haslam finished second with a total of 248.22. 

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