10m European silver for GB synchro pairMay 13, 2016
Tom Daley secured his second medal of the competition alongside Synchro diving partner, Dan Goodfellow, adding a 10m European silver to the GB medal haul at the London 2016 Europeans.
While Daley and Goodfellow were denied gold by German pair Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein in the 10m Synchro, Jack Laugher too watched the gold fall just out of his reach in the 3m Springboard event after a narrow defeat by Russian Evgenii Kuznetsov.
Fierce battle ends in 10m European silver for GB
Daley and Goodfellow fought hard for their 10m European silver medal on day four of the championships, competing against eight other pairs. The event created a lot of anticipation in the build-up, as four of the eight pairs will be heading to Rio this summer, and it did not disappoint.
The GB pair led from the first dive and gave themselves a fair head start, but the Germans did not let up, closing the gap with each round that passed. Daley and Goodfellow were knocked off the top spot in the final round of dives, taking silver with a score of 444.30, ahead of the Ukrainian pair.
“I think we’ve got lots of positives to take from tonight’s performance,” said Daley. “We wanted the medal and it was really close but we’re happy.
“It was the highest score we’ve ever got on our first two dives and we were only two points off our personal best despite dropping two of our dives.” – Tom Daley
Goodfellow added: “Our partnership is really good. We came together for our first performance at the National Cup at the beginning of the year and our scores have continued to increase each time we compete.
“There’s room for improvement but the partnership is strong.”
Laugher claims first European medal in 3m Springboard
For Jack Laugher, the European championships have always left a bitter taste, narrowly missing out on podium positions in both the 2012 and 2014 competitions.
Fuelled by his World Championship bronze in Azerbaijan last year, he bought all of his cards to the table, determined to walk away with a medal this time round.
Laugher led the way going into the finals with an impressive score of 495.05, and although he showed his prowess on the springboard with scores going into the 90s, he finished on 473.60 after a dropped dive in the third round to claim silver.
“I’ve had a positive season so far and that medal will help my confidence,” said Laugher. “I’ve got things I know I can work on to be ready for the Olympic trials in June and beyond.
“I feel like I came out really strong tonight. My first two dives were amazing and I felt strong.” – Jack Laugher
“I still finished with an okay score and there were some good things in there but there’s a little bit of a disappointment that a slight mishap affected my finishing position.
“It’s definitely been a lesson for me in having to claw my way back into the medals but coming away with the silver is great.”