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European Diving Championships - Glasgow 2018 D4

Men's 3m Springboard Final

Britain's Jack Laugher won his second European Championship title of 2018 after he took gold in the Men's 3m Springboard event. Laugher progressed comfortably from the prelims ranked second and was the 11th athlete to take to the boards in the final but finished with a season's best score of 525.95 for the gold medal.
 

After collecting his medal Laugher said, "It's a title that I've really wanted for a long time and I've not felt this emotional about a result in a long time. I'm not quite finished yet, still got the 3m Synchro with Chris [Mears] and we're hoping for a good result in that event too, I would like to get the three springboard titles."

Laugher served up some truly world-class diving, his inward in round three scored just shy of 92.00 points to jettison him up the leaderboard and into a commanding lead over the rest of field.

Laugher was flanked on the podium by two Russian divers, Ilia Zakharov who took the silver with 519.05 points and Evgenii Kuznetsov finished with bronze from 508.05 points.

Laugher's teammate Dan Goodfellow just missed out on a medal, ranking fourth after all six rounds of diving on 437.75 points.

Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Final

Great Britain's platform partnership of Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams sealed the Glasgow 2018 European Championship silver medal in the Men's 10m Synchro. The pair opened well and surpassed that important 100 point marker and after the opening two rounds of required dives their score was 102.00

Their best and highest scoring dive came in the fifth round of the medal contest, a Reverse 3 1/2 Somersaults Tucked (307C) scored 80.58 and ensured a podium finish for Dixon and Goodfellow.

"We're super pleased with that result today, we've [Dxon and Williams] had some great results this year including Commonwealth silver and this is a great way to end the 2018 season. I've got the 10m individual still to go and I'm really looking forward to that and then it's time for a quick holiday, then back to training and learning new harder dives for next year," explained Dixon.

Dixon and Williams' final score was 399.90, just 0.9 of their Commonwealth Games score from earlier in the year.

They were joined on the podium by Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev of Russia who took the gold medal with 423.12 points and bronze went to Armenia's Vladamir Harutyunyan and Lev Sargsyan with 396.84 points.

Men's 3m Springboard Preliminary

Ilia Zakharov (RUS, 508.10) and  British divers Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow dominated the session finishing first, second and third respectively.

The Russian took over the lead from Laugher after the third round of dives. Laughe was the better placed Brit throughout all six rounds of diving, with his highest scoring dive coming in the penultimate round, a Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults Tucked scored 89.30. His final score was 467.55 means he will start seven in the afternoon final.

"It was an ok prelims with steady diving, I've left plenty room for improvement and I'll be looking to come back make an impact later," said Laugher.

Teammate and fellow Leeds-based diver, Goodfellow completed his list with just over 50 less points that Laugher. Goodfellow secured his high ranking prelims finish after his Back 3 1/2 Somersaults Tucked which earnt him a solid 81.00 points in the fifth round of competition.

Both British men will return to the boards of the Royal Commonwealth Pool this afternoon to contest for the medals and the European title.

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Published
09.08.2018