Comment: Olympic history boys Laugher and Mears reign in Rio rain

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears celebrate their Olympic gold.
Jack Laugher and Chris Mears celebrate their Olympic gold.

WHAT a win. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears captured the hearts of the country when they became the first British divers in history to strike gold at the Olympics.

An emotional roller-coaster, the Leeds-based divers reigned supreme in the Rio rain after producing the performance of their lives.

It only tells part of the story – North Yorkshire-born Laugher, from Ripon, nearly gave up the sport after falling short of his high standards in London while Mears, an adopted Yorkshireman, was given a five per cent chance of survival following a near-death illness in Australia seven years ago.

A victory for perseverance, these divers – house-mates and best friends – never stopped fighting and were the first to dedicate their success to their flabbergasted families, fabulous fans and fantastic coaches at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

Take a bow lads – you are outstanding Yorkshire ambassadors and this triumph will, hopefully, be the springboard to even greater success.