‘Bad day’ at the office as hopes of Laugher and Goodfellow are dashedJuly 28, 2021
Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow suffered a ‘bad day’ at the office as their hopes of Olympic glory were dashed at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
The British duo finished seventh in the Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard after struggling to find any consistency throughout the first five rounds of the competition, finishing on 382.80 points.
They did, however, show what they are capable of with their sixth and hardest dive, scoring 91.26 for their forward two-and-a-half somersaults, three twists in pike.
It was the second highest score in the sixth round but, unfortunately, four of their previous five dives had received the lowest marks of all the competitors.
Laugher admitted it had been frustrating and apologised for not being able to bring home a medal.
“Today is a bad day,” said Laugher, who won gold in this event at the 2016 Rio Games alongside Chris Mears. “Everyone has them
“You just can’t put your finger on it. We woke up feeling good, felt a bit nervous but no more nervous than a normal competition.
“The errors we made were not errors through nerves – they were almost too much adrenalin, too much speed, too quick on our somersaults, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just how it goes some time.
Felt really positive
“It was a tough day. So far, we have competed two other times [this year]. We had a brilliant event here in the World Cup in May and then we had an absolute stinker at Budapest in the Europeans.
“Today is another one. We have worked really, really hard and I think unfortunately everyone at home will see how we have competed and not the hard work we have put in.
“The rest of the field had a really tough day. We saw a failed dive and a lot of bad dives overall. I wish it could have gone better but that’s diving and that’s sport.
“It’s not the result we wanted and I apologise to everyone at home we didn’t get to bring home what we wanted but we move on that’s all we can do.”
Goodfellow added: “I think the annoying thing was we were both a bit nervous but both felt really good.
“I know we didn’t have a good competition in Budapest but felt really positive going into this.
“Our last dive was by far our best dive. I was happy with that we could at least finish on a good note.
“The whole competition felt really good – it just doesn’t show the amount of hard work we have actually put in.”