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Laugher claims second World Junior Championship gold

Tuesday 9th October 2012

Jack Laugher added the 3m Synchro title to his individual crown today after clinching gold with Tom Daley at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide, Australia.

Laugher and Daley were consistent throughout the rounds building up their lead steadily with each dive and Daley admitted this was the key to their success.

“It was a crazy competition,” said Daley.  “I don’t usually do springboard and Jack rarely does Synchro so we weren’t sure how we would get on beforehand.

Jack rarely does Synchro so we weren’t sure how we would get on beforehand.

“We had a slightly easier list than some of our competitors but we executed all the dives well and steadily built a lead throughout the competition. It’s my first gold medal at a Junior Worlds and it is great to say I am World Junior champion.”

Laugher was delighted with his result of two gold medals in two days.

“Wow, what an incredible competition. It feels amazing,” he said. “Today was a long day and the competition was quite late but it was good fun to end the day on a high. Both Tom and I did really well.

"Tom is a platform specialist so it was unexpected.”

The duo finished top of the pile with a total score of 338.85 for their five-round effort ahead of Russia’s Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Popkov who scored 307.92 and Australia’s Matthew Barnard and Darcy Taylor who took bronze with 305.88.

Today was a long day and the competition was quite late but it was good fun to end the day on a high.

The double gold came as a relief to Laugher who was glad to put the memories of London 2012 – where he missed out on the 3m Springboard semi-finals - behind him.

“It was my aim to come out here and put the Olympics behind me, to show that I am a good diver and that I can come back from a bad experience stronger,” said Laugher.

“On my first dive I just wanted to do well and get myself pumped up for the competition. The first went and so did my second and it went from there.

“It was great I got a 10 for one of my dives in my individual event yesterday which is amazing. I’ve come back strongly and yeah, I’m really chuffed.

“I have got a day off tomorrow so I will train in the morning, then do some homework and get ready for the 1m competition on Thursday.”

Daley will be in action again on Saturday in his preferred event, the 10m Platform.

City of Edinburgh’s Grace Reid scored a new lifetime best of 386.20 to finish in 9th place in the Girls A 1m Springboard final ahead of teammate Alicia Blagg (City of Leeds) who was 12th on 334.80.

Plymouth’s Shanice Lobb and Lydia Rosenthall (City of Leeds) were in action in the Girls B Platform event. Lobb finished eighth with a total of 342.95 while Rosenthall was 17th after the prelim.

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