Laugher lands gold again

12 Apr 2018

Jack Laugher of Team England picked up his second gold medal of Gold Coast 2018, this time in the Men’s 3m Springboard final.

Laugher had a prelims of two halves that saw him drop a dive but he returned to the Optus Aquatics Centre for the evening final composed and on form.

The Englishmen, who was the Glasgow 2014 silver medallist, placed himself at centre of the Commonwealth Games podium with a final score of 519.40 and a lead of more than 67 points.

Jack’s best dive came in the penultimate round of the final, the very dive missed in the prelims, a forward four and a half somersaults tucked, it scored 95.00 and sealed the gold medal for the Leeds-based diver.

After collecting his medal Laugher said: “After the disappointment of silver in Glasgow I’m really proud to come out tonight under the lights, outside and get my first ever 3m Commonwealth title with a fantastic score.

“And it’s probably the one that does mean the most to me.

“I’m also really pleased and proud of how my coach and I have worked together, following the dropped dive this morning.”

The silver medal was claimed by Philippe Gagne of Canada with 452.70 points.

Ross Haslam was edged out of the medal by Australia’s James Connor in bronze with 438.50, to finish in fourth position, his final point’s total was 432.45.

Scotland’s James Heatly couldn’t repeat his achievements from the 1m event on day one of the diving, he finished his six dives placed fifth and 420.30 points to his name.

England’s Jack Haslam dropped a dive in the final which ended his hopes of a medal. At the end of the floodlit competition he had 389.00 points which ranked him eighth.

Aidan Heslop, Team Wales’ first representative in diving for more than 20 years at a Commonwealth Games finished in 12th with a score of 285.15.