History man Laugher adds second bronze

Jack Laugher
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City of Leeds ace Jack Laugher has become only the second British diver to ever win an individual World Championships medal.

The 20-year-old won bronze in the 3m springboard final in Kazan.

It was his second medal of the week after bronze in the 3m synchronised springboard with Leeds team-mate Chris Mears.

Laugher, who scored 528.9, led after the second of six rounds but was overtaken by defending champion He Chao of China (555.05) and Russia’s Olympic gold medallist Ilya Zakharov (547.6).

Laugher said: “It was brilliant and one of the most fun finals I’ve been in in my life because everyone was pushing each other to new levels.

“Today just gives me more confidence. I’m still young, the guys who have beaten me are much older than I am so hopefully, I’ll become a better diver and competitor.”

Tom Daley is the only other Briton to win an individual world diving medal – claiming gold at the age of 15 at Rome 2009. Laugher’s success was Britain’s third diving medal in the Russia event, with Daley and Rebecca Gallantree – another diver who used to train at the city’s John Charles Aquatics Centre – combining to secure team gold on Wednesday.

Harrogate’s Laugher, a two-time Commonwealth champion, has had a good season, also winning the overall World Series title following three impressive victories.