Schoolboy Jack tells of regret

29 November 2011..... Diver Jack Laugher from Ripon at the dive centre at the John Charles Stadium Leeds.
29 November 2011..... Diver Jack Laugher from Ripon at the dive centre at the John Charles Stadium Leeds.
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RIPON diver Jack Laugher put in a sterling effort at the preliminary round of the 3m springboard last week but failed to make the top 18 for the next day’s semi-final.

The 17-year-old Ripon Grammar School student was the youngest diver in the competition and ranked seventh in the world. He tweeted to his 31,900 followers on Tuesday morning: “I guess everyone has bad days; just upset it had to be that day.” He failed to qualify after his final dive scored zero, meaning he ended the day in 27th place on a score of 330. It’s a bitter blow for the youngster who won the British Championships earlier this summer and finished eighth at the World Championships last year.