North Yorkshire diver prepares for Commonwealth Games in style

COMMONWEALTH BOUND: Jack Laugher will compete in the Commonwealth Games later this month after winning a bronze medal at the Diving World Cup event in Shanghai

COMMONWEALTH BOUND: Jack Laugher will compete in the Commonwealth Games later this month after winning a bronze medal at the Diving World Cup event in Shanghai

First published in Sport

NORTH YORKSHIRE diver Jack Laugher warmed up for the Commonwealth Games in style as he claimed his first senior international medal in Shanghai this weekend.

Laugher, who will compete in the individual and synchro springboard events in the Commonwealths, won a bronze medal in the 3m springboard at the FINA Diving World Cup in Shanghai.

The 19-year-old was in top form in China, splitting Chinese pair Cao Yuan and He Chong to finish second in the semi final.

And the Ripon teenager held his nerve through the final, scoring 488.20 to claim his breakthrough medal and join He (540.35) and Cao (526.70) on the podium.

Laugher recovered from a below-par opening effort to throw himself into contention in the second round, scoring 94.50 for his reverse 3.5 somersaults with tuck to move to second overall.

He slipped to eighth after an over-rotated entry on his third dive, but an impressive 102.60 for his penultimate effort – a forward 4.5 somersaults tucked – put him back into third ahead of the final round.

And after winning individual medals at the last three legs of this year’s FINA Diving World Series, he was able to hold off Ukraine’s Illya Kvasha (486.15) with his final dive, scoring 81 for his back 3.5 somersaults.

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