England's Jack Laugher got his double-gold quest off to a winning start when he claimed gold in the men's 1m springboard at the Royal Commonwealth Pool on the first day of the diving competition on Wednesday.
Laugher a former World and European junior Champion, scored 449.90 for his six dives to take gold ahead of the Australian pair of Matthew Mitcham and Grant Nel.
The 19-year old now hopes to back that up with a second winning effort this evening in his favourite event the 3m springboard, and after completing the first half of his attempted medal haul quest, he expressed his delight to the media, saying: “It’s amazing to come away with gold. I’m ridiculously happy. It’s not even my main event,” he said.
“Diving last you come out and see the scoreboard and see where you’re placed. Diving last everyone was putting the pressure on me, but I think I handled it really well. To come away with a personal best and gold medal is just fantastic.”
Laugher was not the only success for England on the opening day at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, as team-mates Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch secured silver in the women’s synchronised 10m platform, while Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree won England’s second gold of the day with the very last dive, in the women’s synchronised 3m springboard in a thrilling finish to the day's action.
Jack Laugher in action
Another medal hope for England, Tom Daley, gets down to action in the 10m platform on Saturday evening hoping to add to his Commonwealth medal haul of two-golds achieved in the 10m individual and synchronised platform back in 2010 at the Delhi Games.
Daley has also won the event twice at the European Championships, once at the 2009 World Championships in Rome and bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.
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