Great Britain win historic first Olympic diving gold medal

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Jack Laugher and Chris Mears showed courage and quality as they secured Great Britain's first Olympic diving gold medal in the synchronised springboard diving.

The young duo performed one of the sport's most difficult dives, as they went on to dominate the standings as early as round 3, winning by a total of 454.32, to see off both the United States and China, who won silver and bronze, respectively.

Team GB had tipped the pair to be a success at this summer's games, however, no one had expected them to come away with gold, with Great Britain never before having taken the top honours in the sport at the Olympics.


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The gold medal added to their European and Commonwealth crowns, while it was a first for Great Britain, who had only previous secured eight medals in diving - none of which were gold.

China had hoped to make it a clean sweep of gold medals in diving, having won all previous events in the sport, at Rio so far. However, Qin Kai and Cao Yuan had to settle for third best - scoring 443.70 -  as Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon did a great job of chasing Team GB for gold, right until the last.

Laugher, 21, and Mears, 23, broke down in tears inside the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, having lived and trained together in Leeds, building up to the big event in Rio.

"The British guys were all over it. They were so consistent through every single round, they did not let up and it was that consistency that won it for them in the end." said Steve Parry, Olympic bronze medal swimmer.

"They were so emotional at the end, crying in the arms of their coaches, and rightly so."

It is a particularly spectacular moment for Mears, who, in 2009, was battling back from life-threatening illness Epstein Barr virus, and given a 5% chance of surviving.

But health problems earlier in his life are beyond him now, as he enjoys life as an Olympic champion.

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