Laugher and Mears kick off 2017 World Series with silver

Olympic champions Jack Laugher and Chris Mears kicked off the opening day of the 2017 FINA Diving World Series in Beijing with 3m Synchro silver.

The English pair scored 427.98 to finish behind China’s Cao Yuan and Xie Siyi on 450.39.

The competition was only their second since making history with Team GB’s first diving gold at Rio 2016. Their other competitive appearance was winning gold at last month’s British National Cup in Plymouth.

Daley and Goodfellow finish fourth

There was English interest in the three other synchronised events on the opening day in Beijing.

Olympic bronze medallists Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow were the closest to the podium, finishing fourth in the 10m Synchro.

The pair scored 409.59 as China (488.85) took the top prize ahead of pairs from Germany (419.10) and Russia (415.50).

In the women’s events, both British pairs finished fifth. Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson, who placed fifth at Rio 2016 last year, scored 294.72 in the 10m Synchro.

Meanwhile, new pairing Katherine Torrance and Scotland’s Grace Reid scored 275.88 in the 3m Synchro.