Laugher defends 1m title

11 Apr 2018

Team England’s Jack Laugher defends his Men’s 1m Springboard Commonwealth title on the opening day of Gold Coast 2018 diving.

Laugher, who trains in Leeds, was the dominant force throughout the morning prelims and comfortably topped the rankings.

He carried that form into the final and demonstrated his world-class ability by sitting in the gold medal position throughout all six rounds of dives.

His highest scoring dive came in the fourth round, an inward 2½ somersaults piked with a 3.4 degree of difficulty, recorded a point’s total of 76.50.

Jack finished with a final score of 438.00 and sealed the gold medal for England. Silver went to Australia’s James Connor with a score of 412.45.

Scotland saw their first Commonwealth Games diving medal for 60 years after James Heatly took bronze, the last man to do so was his grandfather Sir Peter Heatly in 1958. Heatly’s final score was 399.25.

Also competing in the Men’s 1m final, Ross and Jack Haslam, both representing England finished seventh and tenth respectively. Their scores were 368.85 and 325.05

Scotland also had Lucas Thomson in the final, he finished 12th on his Commonwealth Games debut with a points total of 288.05.

In the Women's 10m Synchro final, Team England was represented by pairing Lois Toulson and Robyn Birch, they finished fifth overall with a score of 282.48.

Team Malaysia took both the gold and bronze medals with Canada in silver medal position after the five rounds of diving.