Jack Laugher eyes snowball effect towards golden Olympic bid at Rio 2016

Jack Laugher
Jack Laugher

Ripon’s Jack Laugher is turning his thoughts to the Rio Olympics after making history by becoming the first British diver to win more than one medal at a World Championships.

The 20-year-old followed up his 3m synchro bronze with Chris Mears by claiming bronze in the three metres springboard final with a score of 528.90.

He finished behind China’s gold medallist He Chao (555.05) and Russia’s Olympic champion Ilia Zakharov (547.60) in Kazan, Russia.

Laugher’s achievement makes him the first Briton to make the podium in an individual springboard event at a World Championships and only the second, after Tom Daley, to win an individual medal.

“I’m really happy to get a world bronze and the second medal of this trip,” said Laugher.

“It was a rock solid competition. Everyone was bouncing off each other and you see those mad scores like we’ve had today.”

The success in Kazan capped another incredible year for Laugher on the global stage. He has extended his own British record and won gold on the World Series.

Laugher added: “The past year-and-a-half has been absolutely fantastic. I got a bronze at the World Cup in Shanghai, followed by two Commonwealth medals as well, then being overall World Series champion.

“And a bronze here as well – I’m getting more confident with every competition I do and I’m still young.

“I’ve learned a lot from this and moving on to Rio (the 2016 Olympics), hopefully I can put those experiences and lessons into plan. Hopefully, it’s going to snowball and make me a better diver and a better competitor.

“I’ve been training hard throughout this year and it’s time for a break but I’m really proud of what I’ve done this year and everything has gone the way I wanted it.”