Ripon’s Jack Laugher secures second gold at Diving World Series

Ripon's Jack Laugher (s)
Ripon's Jack Laugher (s)

Ripon’s golden boy Jack Laugher made it back to back victories at the Diving World Series by winning the 3m springboard title in Kazan on Saturday.

Laugher has been in sensational form this year, winning his second British Championship title with a 3m springboard victory in February before claiming his first World Series Diving gold.

After falling narrowly short of the podium in the opening round of the competition in Beijing in March, Laugher made no mistakes in Dubai to become the first Briton to win a 3m springboard world gold.

The 20-year-old followed this success up with a sublime performance in Kazan to win the tile by a massive 30 point margin, top scoring with his front four-and-a-half somersault dive which earned 106.40 points from the judges.

Laugher finished with a score of 546.40 - ahead of Russia’s Ilia Zakharov in second on 516.70, with third-placed Patrick Hausding of Germany on 512.20.

An elated Laugher took straight to Twitter to celebrate his latest achievement with his 72,600 followers.

He tweeted: “Yeeees another gold medal at the World Series”

Laugher then posted a picture of himself sporting his latest gold medal, holding a Union Jack flag with the caption ‘Gold medal in Russia’.

Laugher then tweeted: “So happy with my performance today! I love Kazan! Very excited to come back here for the World Championships!”

His teammate Tom Daley finished a disappointing fifth in the men’s 10m platform final despite qualifying from his semi-final in first place.

Laugher’s victory means that he is now established as the world’s number one ranked springboard diver heading into this summer’s World Championships, which will be staged at the same Russian venue.

However, before the diving sensation can begin planning for excelling in Russia again, he will focus his attention on the next stage of the World Series which rumbles on with the London leg on May 1.

Laugher will once again be back at the London Aquatics Centre and marks a remarkable journey from where he and synchro partner Chris Mears first competed together at the top level.

After his victory, Laugher was inundated with messages, with fellow diver Matty Lee tweeting: “@JackLaugher has only gone and smashed it again!! Well done bro! #GOLD”

British Swimming tweeted: “Congratulations @JackLaugher on another Diving World Series gold. Roll on the London leg!”

Fellow GB diver James Denny tweeted: “BOOOM @JackLaugher smashed it!!! Well done bro!”