Jack Laugher wins Olympic gold: Ripon, Tom Daley and Prime Minister react on Twitter

The moment Jack Laugher and Chris Mears earliest they had won gold (PA)
The moment Jack Laugher and Chris Mears earliest they had won gold (PA)

Ripon's Jack Laugher topped the world last night winning Olympic gold alongside best friend Chris Mears.

The British diving pair stunned the field with an impeccable performance in the 3m synchronised springboard.

Social media went wild with an outpouring of emotion for the Leeds room mates.

Laugher, a former pupil at Ripon Grammar School, tweeted: "OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!!!! @ChrisMears93 WE DID IT MAN!!!!"

Dad David Laugher posted a photo of a Rio Olympic gold medal simply with the words "Sometimes words are not enough."

Laugher's former PE teacher Helen Mackenzie, who flew out to Brazil to watch the 21-year-old, said: "We are all bursting with pride here. It's unbelievable."

Jack Laugher posted this on Twitter soon after winning gold

Jack Laugher posted this on Twitter soon after winning gold

How Twitter reacted to Laugher and Mears' gold medal

Julian Smith MP (@juliansmithmp)

Many many congratulations to @JackLaugher on a fantastic and well deserved Gold #Rio2016 #ripon

John Dobson (@JohnDonson13)

Laugher's dad was struggling for words

Laugher's dad was struggling for words

Congratulations from all @riponcathedral for @JackLaugher of Ripon and @ChrisMears93 on their gold winning achievement for GB. @LeedsCofE

Pauline Sugden (@paulinesugden)

@DiscoverRipon wouldn't it be great if every shop window in ripon had a well done Jack and Chris poster or banner Yorkshire rules !!!!!!

Ripon Cricket Club (@RiponCricket)

@DiscoverRipon wouldn't it be great if every shop window in ripon had a well done Jack and Chris poster or banner Yorkshire rules !!!!!!

Lisa Millett (@lisa_millett)

Absolutely buzzing for @JackLaugher for gold in Rio!!! Give them massive hugs from us @HelenMac3009 Wooooooo!!!

SuzanneJHoward (@SuzanneJHoward)

Just marvellous - just marvellous - #GOLDMEDAL for #JackLaugher from my home town Harrogate & his partner #ChrisMears for superb #diving 🎖🌟

VX International (@pmhildreth)

More reaction

More reaction

Just marvellous - just marvellous - #GOLDMEDAL for #JackLaugher from my home town Harrogate & his partner #ChrisMears for superb #diving 🎖🌟

BigBites (@Bigbites1)

Wow gold for Jack and Chris! A big well done from big bites and all of Ripon! @HelenMac3009 @DiscoverRipon

Caroline Livesey (@tri_c_livesey)

Absolutely incredible @JackLaugher and @ChrisMears93 :) #OLYMPICCHAMPIONS

City of Leeds Diving (@LeedsDiving)

Wow gold for Jack and Chris! A big well done from big bites and all of Ripon! @HelenMac3009 @DiscoverRipon

UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov)

PM: Congratulations to @JackLaugher @ChrisMears93 @joeclarkek1 and all @TeamGB athletes on another successful day at #Rio2016

Adam Gemili (@Adam_Gemili)

@ChrisMears93 @JackLaugher oiiiiiiii you guys are actually my heroes not gonna lie 🙌 absolutely unreal, so happy for you bro!

Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994)

Absolutely incredible @JackLaugher and @ChrisMears93 :) #OLYMPICCHAMPIONS

Alicia Blagg (@AliciaBlagg)

GOLD!!!!!! OH MY DAYSSSS @JackLaugher @ChrisMears93

Richard Osman (@RichardOsman)

I look forward to people telling me I'm pronouncing Jack Laugher's name wrong in about 6 months time #Rio2016

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