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Double gold: Dream comes true for Harrogate diver Jack Laugher

Team England's Chris Mears (right) and Jack Laugher celebrate Gold in the synchronised 3m springboard final

Team England's Chris Mears (right) and Jack Laugher celebrate Gold in the synchronised 3m springboard final

HARROGATE’S Jack Laugher was overjoyed after completing his Commonwealth Games campaign with a second gold medal.

The 19-year-old won the men’s three-metres springboard for England alongside his best friend Chris Mears.

Laugher, the one-metre springboard individual champion on Wednesday and silver medallist in the three-metres individual event on Thursday, and Mears finished with a total of 431.94 to triumph at Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool.

“It was amazing,” Laugher said.

“The Commonwealth Games have been an absolute dream for me. I was hoping, if I could get lucky, to come away with three medals.

“To come away with two golds and a silver is absolutely fantastic.

“To do the last one with my best mate and to get that alongside each other is what we’ve been dreaming of all year.”

Australia’s Matthew Mitcham and Grant Nel took silver with 403.14.

A second English pair reached the podium as Nick Robinson-Baker and Freddie Woodward of England claimed bronze with 364.41.

Laugher and Mears’ best dive was an inward three-and-a-half somersault which scored 85.68 - one of three scores in the eighties in their six-dive set.

“That was awesome,” said Mears, who was fourth in the one-metre springboard. “I was absolutely gutted with the one-metre. I was so close to that bronze medal it put pressure on today.

“It’s great to come out and deliver today as well as we have.”

Mears, 21 from Reading, recovered from life-saving surgery to remove a ruptured spleen suffered while diving in 2009.

“I learnt a lot from what happened to me,” he added.

“I probably wouldn’t have made London if I hadn’t gone through that. I was a bit of a doss.

“It made me step up and realise that life only happens once and you have to work hard if you want to achieve your dreams.”

There is little rest for the pair as they now focus on the European Championships in Berlin later this month.

Robinson-Baker and Woodward were slightly surprised to join their team-mates on the podium.

Robinson-Baker said: “It wasn’t our best performance, but it was still steady enough to get a Commonwealth bronze.”

England’s Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree - the pair who combined for synchronised three-metres platform gold on Wednesday - advanced along with Hannah Starling and Scotland’s Grace Reid to the final of the women’s one-metre springboard competition.

Just one of the 13 entrants - Tonga’s Maria Zarka - missed out on a place in the final, with Esther Qin of Australia advancing in first place.

Gallantree was sixth, Reid seventh, Starling eighth and Blagg 11th.

Tom Daley and James Denny will compete for England in the men’s synchronised 10m platform on Friday evening.

The duo have had just seven days of training together after deciding to enter last week.

As there are only four pairs in the competition, just two medals will be awarded, so there is little margin for error.

Daley’s defence of the individual 10m platform title he won in Delhi in 2010 takes place on Saturday.

 

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