Laugher claims first major medal in Russia

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Young British diver Jack Laugher has won his first ever international senior medal after claiming bronze at the Russia Spring Swallows Grand Prix in Kazan.

The Ripon youngster produced a new personal best score of 484.20 in the 3m springboard final to claim third place, behind Russia’s Ilia Zakharov who secured the gold and China’s Zhou Xin, who came home in second.

Laugher, who represented Team GB at the London Olympics in the men's 3m springboard event, narrowly edged out Xie Siyi by just 0.1 to clinch the bronze medal.

The 18-year-old could barely contain his joy after the event, tweeting: "First ever international senior medal! Bronze!!! A couple of points of 2nd and 0.1 in front of 4th! Couldn’t be happier.

“And a new personal best and international personal best too!”

Laugher, a gold medalist at last year's Junior World Championships, had looked in good form through the qualifying rounds, easing through the semi-finals in second place.

I’m absolutely over the moon about that medal,” said Laugher afterwards.

“It was so close going into the last round and we all had the same dive too, but I kept calm and did a good last dive.

“It's my first ever international senior medal with a new pb and international pb too so I’m delighted.”


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