First ever one-two for Great Britain at FINA Diving World SeriesMay 18, 2019
Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow have secured Great Britain’s first ever one-two in the FINA Diving World Series in London.
Laugher topped the podium for the second time, having won gold at the penultimate leg of the series in Kazan, while it was a first World Series individual medal for Goodfellow as he set a new personal best in the Men’s 3m Springboard.
City of Leeds’ Laugher was 62.10 points ahead of Goodfellow as he came narrowly close to setting a new world record at the London Aquatics Centre with his score of 562.65.
Goodfellow smashed the 500-point barrier for the first time as he finished on 500.55 – 18.85 in front of China’s Wang Zongyuan who ended on 481.70.
Laugher said: “I am over the moon with the first five dives.
“That is the highest score I have ever been on leading into my final dive and if I had just put a back three and a half in I would have got a world record!
“That’s how good the diving was this afternoon and it’s looking really good leading into the World Championships.
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“It is really fantastic to get a one-two with Dan and for him to get more than 500 points is a real world class performance – and to do it in front of a home crowd is unbelievable.
“If we can do that together there is no limit to what we can achieve.”
Goodfellow was delighted with his display, especially after the duo’s 3m Synchro performance on the opening day of the competition.
He said: “I don’t have the words right now.
“I was really disappointed by how the synchro went so it’s great to get my confidence back and dive well in front of a home crowd.
“When you have the crowd behind you feel proud when you stand on the board and you know you have to do something good.
“That’s my first 500 list, which is what my goal has been the whole season, so I’m really pleased.”
Birch impresses in first final
Meanwhile, Robyn Birch reached her first FINA Diving World Series final and impressed as she finished fourth in the Women’s 10m Platform.
She scored 327.90 and admitted she was happy with her performance.
The Chinese duo of Chen Yuxi (413.80) and Zhang Minjie (385.80) won gold and solver respectively, with Korea’s Kim Mi Roe third on 360.90.
Birch said: “I went into it with nothing to lose and made my first World Series final.
“Every performance helps me to build my confidence and believe in myself more.
“I’m going to refine my current dives going forward and the next competition will be Nationals in two weeks and hopefully qualification for the World Championships.”
Fourth for Toulson and Williams
Lois Toulson and Noah Williams also claimed fourth spot in the Mixed 10m Synchro.
Diving together for the first time, they faced experienced opposition but were not over-awed and were only 4.29 points behind the third-placed pair.
Toulson and Williams scored 311.76 with Russia’s Iuliia Timoshinina and Nikita Shleikher winning bronze with a total of 316.05.
Korea’s Jo Jin Mi and Hyon Ill Myong were second on 333.48, behind the Chinese pair of Zhang Minjie and Duan Yu the gold medallists with a total of 356.28.
The final day of action of the London leg of the FINA Diving World Series takes place on Sunday 19 May with world champion Tom Daley competing in the individual 10m platform event.
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