Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Commonwealth Games: England's Jack Laugher loses 13 points lead at the last

Plunging hopes: Jack Laugher had that sinking feeling
Plunging hopes: Jack Laugher had that sinking feeling

England's Jack Laugher blew the chance to land his second Commonwealth gold in as many days after he was forced to accept silver in the men's 3m springboard final.

The 19-year-old, who topped the podium on Wednesday night when he claimed the lower 1m title at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, held a 13-point advantage heading into the last two dives.

But he made a complete mess of his fifth dive, a forward four-and-a-half somersault, to gift the win to Ooi Tze Liang of Malayasia.

The former world champion missed out on the springboard double after his final score of 449.70 left him 7.90 points behind Liang, while the bronze went to his team-mate Oliver Dingley.

But Laugher – who still has the 3m synchronised pairs final with partner Chris Mears to look forward to today – refused to get too downbeat.

He said: "It hurts a bit but if you had told me four years ago I'd end up with a gold and a silver medal at a Commonwealth Games I would have said you were lying.

"The guy who came first made some storming dives, whereas I made some mistakes. But a silver medal is still pretty special.

Laugher was the last man to dive but put on a show of intent as his spectacular forward two-and-a-half somersault with a couple of twists impressed the judges, earning an opening score of 88.40.

But his final dive, with a difficulty rating of 3.8 – his toughest dive – the teenager's legs fell forward before impact with water and he scored just 47.50.

There was also disappointment for James Denny – Tom Daley's 10m synchronised platform partner – as he finished sixth

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