Ripon diver Jack Laugher missed out on qualification for the3m springboard World Championships final in Barcelona .
The 18-year-old fell behind the leaders in the semi-final after poor second and third round dives and, despite a spirited final flurry, he finished 16th.
His overall score of 405.10 left him four positions below qualification at the Piscina Municipal de Montjuic, host of the 1992 Olympic Games.
Laugher was in superb form in the morning preliminary round and produced six scores of more than 70 to lead the competition.
He finished the preliminary round with a back 3.5 somersault and a forward 4.5 somersaults tuck, scoring 84.00 and 85.50 respectively to lift him from third to first.
But he failed to reproduce his fine form in the afternoon’s semi-final and his second dive, a back 3.5 somersault, scored 50.75.
That dropped the teenager to 16th and his next dive, a inward 3.5 somersault tuck scoring 45.90, lost him another place.
He recuperated some of the damage in his final three dives, scoring 79.20, 75.25 and 74.10 but fell 11 points short of a final place.
Laugher tweeted: “Came 1st in prelims, and then made a mistake and didn’t make finals, gutted but lots of positives to take from today”