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Two silvers for Brits in Adelaide

11th October 2012

Jack Laugher won his third medal from three events at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide, adding Group A 1m Springboard silver to his 3m Springboard and 3m Synchro golds.

The 17-year old, who won the 1m and 3m Springboard double in the Group B Age Group two years ago, faced tough competition from China’s Peng Jianfeng who took the early lead and remained just five points ahead of Laugher at the end of round three.

It’s probably my last junior medal so I’m really pleased with how it has turned out.

Both divers missed their fourth dives but a great final dive from Laugher secured the silver medal with a score of 541.55. Peng finished on 551.40 and USA’s Michael Hixon took bronze with 531.55.

Having qualified first from the prelim, Laugher admitted it was bittersweet to have come so close to a hat-trick of golds, but the teenager insisted he could have no complaints with a medal on a relatively unfamiliar board.

"I’m a bit disappointed as I think  I could’ve got three golds," said Laugher. "I dropped one of my dives but I am happy to medal as I don’t compete on 1m very often.

"It’s probably my last junior medal so I’m really pleased with how it has turned out.

“This week has pretty much gone to plan for me. The 3m was my main focus and I won by 50 points, scoring more than 90 for the one I dropped in the Olympics so I was really pleased with that.

“The medal with Tom was a bonus too.”

The City of Leeds pairing of Hannah Starling and Alicia Blagg also won silver in the girls 3m Synchro, coming back strongly in the final round after an earlier missed dive.

After the penultimate round the girls were sitting in fifth place with 10 points separating second to sixth places. Their final dive was enough to put them ahead of their rivals and they took silver with 287.70 points.

I wasn’t expecting to medal today in our first international together.

China’s Zheng Qulin and Liu Jiao were dominant in taking gold with 287.70 while Russia’s Elena Chernykh and Ekaterina Ukolova won bronze with 271.20

The silver was the second medal for Starling in 24 hours after she won 3m Springboard bronze yesterday.

"I’m very pleased with my medals, I wasn’t expecting to medal today in our first international together," said Starling.

“I didn’t realise the scores were so close. I only realised we medalled after Edwin [Jongejans - coach] told me. It was much better than we could’ve hope for and hopefully after our break we will compete together again in the Synchro.

“We have two weeks off now then will start training for next season.”

Blagg added: "Today went well but this week hasn’t been great for me. I didn’t compete as well as I expected in my first two events and that really knocked my confidence so I was hard to pick myself up today and get back into the competition but I did and we did really well.

“It was our first competition, we had no pressure on us and our coach just told us to go out and enjoy it and coming away with silver is just brilliant.”

In the Boys Group B Platform Ross Haslam improved on his prelim ranking to finish fourth with a score of 440.75 while British teammate Matty Lee was seventh on 415.90.

Having already sailed past GB's previous record for medals at a World Junior Diving Championships, Junior Development Manager Julian Bellan admitted the youngester form bode well for the next Olympiad.

"At the last Junior World Championships we won two medals and we have already surpassed that with four more events to go," sais Bellan.

“Jack has had a tremendous competition, narrowly missing the gold but executed most of his dives exceptionally well.

“The synchro girls this morning scored the same as the pairing of Grace Reid and Francesca Del Celo who won the European Championships earlier this year.

"Having such a strength and depth of divers means that it will be harder to get onto teams in the future which will only improve the standard of the team working towards Rio.”

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