Ripon diver Jack Laugher believes a huge personal best score shows his senior career is finally looking bright.
The 19-year-old became the first British man to break the 500-point mark in the 3m springboard event as he posted 517.60 to finish fourth at the Diving World Series in London Aquatics Centre at the weekend.
He also scored over 100 points for an individual dive for the first time, softening the blow of missing bronze by under six points from Russia’s Evgeny Kuznetsov. Gold went to China’s Chong He (559) while Ilya Zakharov took silver for a Russian two-three.
Laugher’s score was even more impressive considering he dropped his third dive and received the lowest score for an individual dive of all the finalists on the night.
But he bounced back and his overall score would have seen him win silver at the past two World Championships.
“That was a massive 30-point personal best. I’ve been trying a year and a half to get over 500,” said Laugher, who also finished fourth in the 3m synchro with Chris Mears.
“I had a couple of mistakes, but I went over 100 for the first time too so that is another personal best for myself.
“To come fourth is a bit sour but those guys put out a massive performance. It’s a really good feeling to be playing with the big boys.”
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