A poor dive costs Laugher chance of a second victory

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City of Leeds diver Jack Laugher blew the chance to land his second Commonwealth gold in as many days after he was forced to accept silver in the men’s 3m springboard final.

The 19-year-old, who topped the podium on Wednesday night when he claimed the lower 1m title at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, held a 13-point advantage heading into the last two dives.

But the England ace made a complete mess of his fifth dive, a forward four-and-a-half somersault, to gift the win to Ooi Tze Liang of Malayasia.

The former world champion missed out on the springboard double after his final score of 449.70 left him 7.90 points behind Liang, while the bronze went to his team-mate Oliver Dingley.

But Laugher – who still has the 3m synchronised pairs final with partner Chris Mears to look forward to on Friday – refused to get too downbeat.

He said: “It hurts a bit but if you had told me four years ago I’d end up with a gold and a silver medal at a Commonwealth Games I would have said you were lying.

“The guy who came first made some storming dives, whereas I made some mistakes. But a silver medal is still pretty special.

“Now I’ve got the synchro final with Chris tomorrow and I’m really excited about that.’’

Laugher was the last man to dive but put on a show of intent as his spectacular forward two-and-a-half somersault with a couple of twists impressed the judges, earning an opening score of 88.40.

An 84.00 for his reverse three-and-a-half somersault with another two twists opened up a 22-point lead on Malayasia’s Ooi Tze Liang.

But the Asian Championships silver medallist turned the heat up on the leader when he scored an 84.00 with his third attempt.

Laugher could only respond with a 71.40 after his next dive failed to match his earlier high standard, but, despite pushing his lead back up to 14 points ahead with his fourth dive, disaster was about to strike.

Attempting a move with a difficulty rating of 3.8 – the toughest dive in his repertoire – the teenager’s legs fell forward before impact with water and the judges showed their disappointment by scoring him just 47.50.

That left him trailing by almost 11 points with his last dive but, despite pulling off a better score than Liang, it was not enough for victory.

Dingley, meanwhile, performed admirably himself as he fought back from seventh place after two dives to claim the bronze.

He finished with a total of 425.20 for his six dives.

There was also disappointment for James Denny – Tom Daley’s 10m synchronised platform partner – as he finished sixth and Scottish 17-year-old James Heatly, who could only manage eighth in his first major final.

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