Laugher claims third World Junior title
8th October 2012
Jack Laugher lifted the third World Junior title of his career as the British Gas GBR Diving team enjoyed a golden start to the World Junior Championships in Adelaide.
The 17-year old - who won Group B 1m and 3m Springboard gold in 2010 - was in sparkling form in Australia as he topped 90 points for two of his dives in the Group A 3m Springboard final to claim gold by more than 56 points on 635.45.
Laugher progressed first from a four-hour preliminary but was ready when the standard stepped up in the final, scoring 94.50 for a reverse 3.5 somersaults with tuck (307C).
Jack showed great character and he is a deserving champion.
With his Chinese rivals failing to keep up with the Brit's pace, there was even sweet redemption in Laugher’s final dive as he confirmed gold with 90.10 for his forward 2.5 somersaults, 2.5 twists in pike – the same dive he failed at London 2012 earlier this season.
Dan Goodfellow also impressed on the opening day as he finished 12th in the same final.
The 16-year old gave notice of his potential in the preliminary, leading after nine dives before a dropped effort on his last dive saw him progress seventh to the final.
Competing against many 17 and 18-year olds, the Cambridge diver slipped down the leaderboard after some missed dives in the final but finished with a credible 482.30 with his favourite Platform event still to come in Adelaide.
Shanice Lobb also held her own as she finished 10th in the Group B 1m Springboard.
Also competing against older divers, Lobb put in a steady preliminary performance, progressing eighth into the final.
One missed dive in the final saw her slip two places as she finished on 293.40 but there were plenty of positives to take for the Plymouth diver who also has the Platform still to come this week.
“It was an absolutely outstanding performance from Jack after his disappointment at the Olympics," said Junior Development Manager Julian Bellan.
“In London he missed two of his strongest dives but he came back here and took the challenge putting him in a different class from the rest of the field.
"It showed great character to do that and he is a deserving champion.”