Second Tokyo berth for Laugher

Second Tokyo berth for Laugher

17 July 2019 / 14:21

Jack Laugher guaranteed another place for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympic Games as he sailed into the final of the men's 3m springboard.

The Rio medallist clinched his second Tokyo place of the week after finishing third in the semi-final with a total of 468.45 points. 

In the men’s 3m synchro earlier in the competition, alongside Daniel Goodfellow, Laugher and his teammate claimed a quota place and Britain’s first medal of the World Aquatic Championships when they picked up silver. 

The individual event saw the 24-year-old put together a great series of dives, including the hardest of the competition, a front 2.5 somersaults with three twists in the pike position, possessing 3.9 degrees of difficulty for which he scored 95.55.

However, it was a gruelling day for the European Champion after the preliminary competition lasted over three hours and the divers had to compete again in the semi-finals just hours later.

Despite pulling together a great series, the last dive was not up to scratch for Laugher, who is targeting an improvement in the final.

“Job done! It’s been a really long day of competing – that’s six hours of competing I’ve done and it really takes it out of you,” said Laugher.

“My legs are dying and mind is going: ‘I’m hungry’ but I’ve done what I needed to do and still qualified in third place, despite a huge mistake on my last dive.

“Eleven out of 12 dives is good enough, though and I got that Olympic spot, so I’m happy overall, but I’ve still got some things to improve on.”

Teammate James Heatly also competed in the same event but didn’t make it past the preliminary stages after failing his third-round dive.

After securing a Tokyo berth yesterday, Lois Toulson finished in 12th place in the final of the women’s 10m platform.

Elsewhere, Maisie Macartney made her World Championships debut in the women’s 5km open water swimming, where she finished in 43rd.

In the artistic swimming, Britain’s Kate Shortman rounded off the competition by scoring 84.7667 and finishing 11th in the women’s solo freestyle final.

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