Diving sensation Jack Laugher earns first World Series silver

PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM - Diving - 15th FINA World Championships 2013 - Monjtuic Municipal Swimming Pool, Barcelona, Spain - 25/07/13 - Great Britain's Jack Laugher competes in the Men's 3m Semifinal.

PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM - Diving - 15th FINA World Championships 2013 - Monjtuic Municipal Swimming Pool, Barcelona, Spain - 25/07/13 - Great Britain's Jack Laugher competes in the Men's 3m Semifinal.

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Diving star Jack Laugher rose to new heights at the weekend as he clinched his first ever silver medal in the FINA Diving World Series.

Laugher was in excellent form throughout the elite competition in Windsor, Canada and he never fell out of the medal standings in the final.

The former Ripon Grammar School student scored more than 500 points for the third consecutive competition and ended just 17 points behind gold medallist He Chong from China.

And he doubled his medal tally alongside best friend Chris Mears in the 3m synchro, as the pair took bronze on Friday in only their third international competition together.

Having taken his first senior international medal at the Moscow leg of the World Series last month, Laugher headed to North America on the hunt for more glory.

And he made a strong start to the weekend alongside City of Leeds diving partner Mears.

The pair earned a spot on the podium in the 3m synchro event as they scored 420.35 points from their six dives.

But their efforts fell agonisingly short of a second-placed finish, as German pair Patrick Hausding and Stephen Feck scored 0.18 points more than them.

Chinese pair Cao Yuan and Lin Yue dominated the competition to take gold with 460.08.

Laugher said on Twitter: “Another great day in Canada. Bronze with my best bud Chris Mears.”

With a medal already secured for his flight home, Laugher then excelled in the individual 3m springboard competition.

He qualified from his semi-final in second behind Chong, having scored 477.80 for his six dives.

The pair led the charts again in the final as they were the only two divers to total more than 500 points.

Laugher scored more than 80 points in four of his six dives in the top-six shootout, and produced the dive of the competition in the fifth round when his four and a half somersaults with tuck totalled a mammoth 95 points.

Chong finished on 521.85 points, with the Ripon sensation on 504.30.

Afterwards, the 19-year-old tweeted: “Yaaay! Just finished the final now and got silver :D with a score of 504 as well! Very happy.”

Laugher’s international stock is growing by the event, and he will head into the Commonwealth Games next month as a hot favourite for individual gold in the 3m springboard and alongside Mears in the 3m synchro.

But first, the City of Leeds diver will compete at the next leg of the World Series in Monterrey, Mexico this weekend.