Diving

29 November 2011..... Diver Jack Laugher from Ripon at the dive centre at the John Charles Stadium Leeds.
29 November 2011..... Diver Jack Laugher from Ripon at the dive centre at the John Charles Stadium Leeds.

Ripon diver Jack Laugher saw his Olympic dream ended at the first stage on Monday.

The 17-year-old 3m springboard specialist suffered a tremendously tough night during the preliminary round of the event, and subsequently failed to qualify for Tuesday morning’s semi-final.

He tweeted to his 31,900 followers on Tuesday morning: “I guess everyone has bad days; just upset it had to be that day.”

Ripon Grammar School student Jack was the youngest diver in the competition and ranked seventh in the world.

But he failed to make the top 18 after his final dive scored zero, meaning he ended the day in 27th place on a score of 330. Up to that point Laugher had perfomed well, albeit below his best.

But needing a good score from his final dive, he seemed to mis-time the approach and landed feet first. It’s a bitter blow for the City of Leeds youngster who has shone all year, winning at the British Championships earlier this summer and finishing eighth at the World Championships last year. However, it’s most definitely just the beginning of the Riponian’s Olympic adventures. Laugher has been tipped for great things at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.