Road To Rio: Olympic Briefs

The Northern Echo: FLYING HIGH: Jack Laugher won individual and synchro bronze at the recent World Diving Series event in Moscow FLYING HIGH: Jack Laugher won individual and synchro bronze at the recent World Diving Series event in Moscow

RIPON diver Jack Laugher maintained his fine recent run of form when he claimed his first senior international medals at last week's Diving World Series event in Moscow.

Laugher picked up bronze medals in both the 3m individual springboard and 3m synchronised events, having set a new British record in the former a couple of weeks earlier in London.

The 19-year-old teamed up with Chris Mears in the synchro to post his best-ever international performance, despite the duo only coming together for the first time in April.

They posted a score of 421.71pts, which put them into third position behind Russian duo Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Zakharov and Chinese pair He Chong and Qui Kai.

The following day, Laugher returned to the pool and repeated his bronze medal success in the individual competition.

He won his semi-final with a score of 479.70pts for his six dives, and broke the 500-mark barrier for the second time in a week as he made it on to the podium in the final.

His total of 512.45pts ensured he finished behind Kuznetsov and Ilya Kvasha in a comfortable third position.

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THE British squad for the European Rowing Championships is announced today, with a number of North-East rowers set to be handed prominent positions on the team.

After a hugely impressive performance at the trials, Northumberland's Jamie Kirkwood is set to be paired with Chester-le-Street's Will Fletcher in the lightweight double.

The all North-East pair are expected to pip rivals such as Olympic silver medallists Peter and Richard Chambers to get the nod in the most prestigious of the lightweight men's boats.

Kat Copeland won an Olympic gold in the lightweight double in 2012, and the Tees Rowing Club star will resume her international career in the same boat in the Europeans.

The Northern Echo: Kat Copeland

Durham's Jess Eddie is likely to feature in the women's eight, although the unavailability of Olympic champion Heather Stanning on medical advice could yet see her involved in the pair.

The European Championships take place in Belgrade between May 30 and June 1.

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