Laugher lands national double

Jack Laugher
Jack Laugher

Diver Jack Laugher showed off his credentials for Commonwealth Games glory later this year as he leapt to double success at this weekend’s British Gas National Cup in Southend.

Laugher celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday by smashing the British Record to land glory in the 1m springboard.

The Olympian then continued his dominant form to claim the 3m springboard crown on Sunday, outclassing rival Tom Daley to earn the title for the third successive time.

Laugher also made a rare appearance in the 3m springboard synchronised and secured a bronze medal alongside new partner James Denny.

With his impressive performance, the youngster believes he can establish himself amongst the world’s best springboard divers this year after an “extremely disrupted off-season”.

He said: “I’ve been feeling really confident for these National Championships and am really pleased with how they’ve gone.

“Normally I don’t focus on the 1m as much and it’s more of a warm-up event, but this year is a Commonwealth year and I’m going to knuckle down and take it really seriously.

“Hopefully, I can win some medals.

“A lot of things have sucked in the off-season, but to come to this competition today, I have done well. I’m really happy.”

The 1m title was Laugher’s first success of the weekend, and the former Ripon Grammar School pupil never dropped under the 60-point mark in any of his six dives.

His six dives cumulated in a British Record score of 445.10, well clear of other medallists Harrogate’s Oliver Dingley and Denny.

Laugher then made the weekend a triumphant double in his preferred 3m final, the event he disappointed in during London 2012 and the 2013 World Championships.

His performances, again, didn’t dropped below the 60-point mark, and his six dives amounted to a dominant total of 480.60.

The teenager impressed with a new reverse three-and-a-half somersaults tuck dive in the second round, scoring a massive 94.50.

However, the 19-year-old was frustrated he had fallen narrowly short of the coveted 500-point mark, well clear of his rivals, but agonisingly short of the golden 500-point mark.

“I almost scored 500, and 500 is my goal,” said Laugher.

“That’s what I want to get to with my performances. I am a bit disappointed because it was in reach, but I am all right.

“To be able to come to a competition like this and perform really well on 1m and 3m, I have done well even with the bad preparation that I have had.”