Laugher strikes gold as Blagg wins bronze alongside Daley

Yorkshire's Jack Laugher

Yorkshire's Jack Laugher

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World Cup bronze medallist Jack Laugher has struck gold in the 3m springboard event at the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Windsor, Canada, on Saturday.

Harrogate’s Laugher, who trains at the City of Leeds club, had a steady start to the final and went into the lead after his second dive and as he lined up for his inward 3.5 somersaults tucked he looked confident.

City of Leeds diver Alicia Blagg. (Picture: Simon Hulme)

City of Leeds diver Alicia Blagg. (Picture: Simon Hulme)

China’s He Chao moved into the lead in the fourth round after scoring almost 100 points for back 3.5 somersaults tucked.

It came down to who could hold their nerve in the sixth and final dive for both Laugher and Chao and it was the Brit that came out victorious.

Laugher scored 86.40 for his back 3.5 somersaults to finish with 526.30 points while Chao dropped his front 3.5 somersaults 1 twist piked for 66.60 points for a final score of 521.65.

In the mixed 3m synchro, new pair of Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley and Commonwealth champion Alicia Blagg, also of the City of Leeds club, won bronze in their first competitive outing.

The pair have not had much time training together ahead of this competition but were in a medal position throughout the rounds.

Daley and Blagg won bronze with a score of 296.31.

“We’re really happy with how it went out there today,” said Wakefield-born Blagg. “Given that we’ve not really trained much together it was a really good performance.”

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