Ripon’s Jack Laugher wins Commonwealth Games gold on Yorkshire Day

Jack Laugher (Keith Allen Photography)
Jack Laugher (Keith Allen Photography)

Ripon’s Jack Laugher capped off a memorable Commonwealth Games with a gold medal on Yorkshire Day this morning.

Laugher and partner Chris Mears stormed to victory in the 3m synchro at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

The City of Leeds duo backed up their favourites tag as they scored 431.94 to run away with the gold medal by more than 28 points.

Australian pair Matt Mitcham and Grant Nel came second on 403.14 with English pair Nick Robinson-Baker and Freddie Woodward (364.41) in bronze.

“It’s just amazing I couldn’t be happier,” Laugher told the BBC.

The 19-year-old will return to Yorkshire with three medals in total, after winning gold in the 1m springboard on Wednesday before claiming silver in the 3m springboard on Thursday.

Friday’s gold made up for the disappointment of missing out on topping the podium in his favoured event the day before.

Laugher had headed into the 3m springboard final as the top qualifier but he messed up his fifth dive to hand the gold medal to Malaysian Ooi Tze Lang.

He only scored 47.50 for his forward four and a half somersault in the tuck position, which had the highest gradient of difficulty of his competition with 3.8.

Laugher finished 7.9 points behind Tze Liang on 449.70 points, well down on his British record of 517.6.

The former Ripon Grammar School pupil took glory in the 1m springboard with a score of 449.90 ahead of Mitcham (404.85) and Nel (403.40).