Golden Diving Duo

Kayaking and Diving brings the medals home for Great Britain

Chris Mears and Jack Laugher

Team GB now places ninth in the medals leader board thanks to four bronzes in cycling, shooting, gymnastics and judo. A historic victory occurred in Diving with Jack Laugher and Chris Mears winning gold for Britain in men’s synchronised 3m springboard.

Joe Clarke won a gold in kayaking, while there were bronzes for Chris Froome, Steven Scott, Sally Conway and Max Whitlock. Whitlock’s win for men’s all-around gymnastics was a first in 108 years for Great Britain.

Team GB now holds three gold, three silver and six bronze.

The victories have not stopped for other countries either with Michael Phelps winning a 22nd Olympic title while Australian Kyle Chalmers won the men’s 100m freestyle.

Diving duo Laugher and Mears scored a total of 454.32 against China, 23-year-old Mears was particularly emotional having had life changing surgery to remove a spleen ruptured when diving in 2009.

“I still can’t really believe that it’s happened,” he said. “I’ve come from death’s door to here. I’m pretty proud.”

The divers were in tears when their victory was confirmed with Laugher saying, “With the wind and the rain, it felt like English weather. We embraced it and we came out with a medal.”

Laugher also had much to prove since a dismal loss in diving during the 2012 Olympics, he was 17 at the time.

“I feel like I had a point to prove here,” he said. “That’s why I was so emotional at the end. It was a reflection of how hard we have worked since London.

“This is the big one. To do it alongside my best friend it is beyond worth it. It is my absolute dream.”


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