Laugher secures career-best finish in London

26th April 2014

Jack Laugher secured his best result at a World Series as he finished fourth in the 3m Springboard at the 2014 FINA/NVC Diving World Series in London.
The 19-year old finished sixth at the opening two legs of this year’s World Series in Beijing and Dubai respectively, but sailed past the 500 marker for the first time in his career to jump up the rankings on 517.60.
The Brit nearly landed his first World Series medal in London, lying third after scoring more than 100 for a single dive for the first time in his career with his penultimate effort; a forward 4.5 somersaults with tuck for 100.70 points.
And while the teenager continued his high standard with a 93.60 for his last dive, a back 3.5 somersaults with tuck, he was overtaken to finish 5.6 points shy of bronze.
But Laugher admitted he could have no complaints with his performance in London, competing so well in a world class field which saw China’s world champion He Chong take gold on 559.00 ahead of Russia’s Olympic champion Illya Zakharov (536.15) and Russia’s world silver medallist Evgeny Kuznetsov (523.20).
"That was absolutely brilliant," said Laugher, who is coached by Ady Hinchliffe at City of Leeds. "I've never gone over 500 - nobody from Britain has ever gone over 500 on 3m so to have that achievement is absolutely incredible.
"What my coach and I always say is with a World Series, as the turnaround is so quick, it's just dive by dive and trying to put in a 100 per cent. It's a very short competition with only semi finals and a six-man final, so you can absolutely put everything into every single performance.
"I had some absolutely incredible dives today - I went over 100 for the first time ever which is another PB for myself and had a massive score onmy  reverse three and a half as well so it's been a brilliant experience."
Hannah Starling and Rebecca Gallantree were also in springboard action on day two, having won 3m Synchro bronze the previous night.
Starling missed out on the final by just seven points as she finished fourth in her semi-final in 309.50 while Gallantree scored 313.85 to finish fifth in her semi.