Jack Laugher interview: Commonwealth Games golds can lead to Olympic medal

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Jack Laugher has revealed his delight about winning three medals at this year's Commonwealth Games.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, the diver played down the two gold medals and one silver he won in the one metre springboard, three metre springboard synchro and three metre springboard respectively, but admits it felt like a pretty good performance in Scotland.

He told us: "I feel like I did what I had to do. I felt it was a good performance in general, still some stuff to work on but I was very happy coming away with three medals!”

Successful synchro partnership

The Yorkshire-born athlete seemed particularly pleased with the gold collected in the synchro event alongside his partner, Chris Mears, who is two years his elder. When diving together, the duo appeared well ahead of their rivals.

“The synchro event was a massive success for myself and Chris,” beamed Laugher. "We were so happy with the performance as it's the medal we've wanted since starting our pairing earlier this year."

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The 19-year-old’s wins in Glasgow adds to his already impressive trophy cabinet.

Despite Laugher's career still being in its relative infancy, he had already represented England at the previous Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago. He was only 15-years-old then, and he still finished the 3m synchro in a respectable seventh place.

In the same year, 2010, he became World and European Junior Champion in the 1m and 3m springboard events.

At the London Olympics he wore the Team GB kit still under the legal drinking age in the UK, but could only manage a 27th-place finish in the 3m springboard - the only event he participated in.

He has also dived with Tom Daley before in competition; the pair won gold at the 2012 World Junior Diving Championships in the 3m synchronised springboard.

What’s next?

With the World Aquatics Championship coming up next year in Russia and the Olympics in Rio in 2016, young Laugher is certainly keen replicate this success again in the forthcoming years on the big stages.

He concluded: “That's the goal!”

"I would love to come away with a medal in Rio, it would be fantastic. But for now it's about focussing again and getting back to a hard two years of training, competing and getting stronger in preparation.

His victories in the recent Commonwealth Games will be a lot tougher to replicate in the World Championships and Olympics, so the hard work starts now for Laugher on the long road to Brazil.

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