Commonwealth Games 2018: Jack Laugher wins gold as Brit defends 1m springboard title

THE LAST TIME Jack Laugher competed in a serious diving occasion, the water was too inexperienced.

This time it was too blue, however it nonetheless wasn’t sufficient to cease him profitable gold.

 Laugher celebrates defending his Commonwealth title in Australia

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Laugher celebrates defending his Commonwealth title in Australia

The reigning Olympic champion overcame his vibrant issues as he efficiently defended his Commonwealth 1m springboard title in emphatic type.

The 23-yr-previous Yorkshireman produced a close to flawless collection of dives to disclaim the Australians their conventional prime spot on the rostrum on the Queensland Aquatic Centre.

Laugher got here near breaking his private greatest as he triumphed by an enormous 26-level margin over Aussie James Connor.

But it wasn’t all simple for Laugher, who famously needed to cope with the stinking inexperienced pool on the 2016 Rio Olympics.

 Jack Laugher on the way to winning gold at the Olympic Games

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Jack Laugher on the best way to profitable gold on the Olympic Games
 Laugher enters the water on one of his gold medal-winning dives

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Laugher enters the water on one among his gold medal-profitable dives

He revealed: “It’s very troublesome once you’re diving in an outside pool as a result of all you’ll be able to see is blue sky and blue pool.

“You typically begin a session in mild and finish in darkness and typically it rains. It may be like diving into a unique pool day by day.

“We had a group assembly about it and everybody knuckled down. It’s troublesome however everyone seems to be in the identical boat.”

Cheered on by the injured Tom Daley, Laugher delivered the sort of efficiency Workforce England desperately wanted after the failures of fellow Olympic Champions Alistair Brownlee, Max Whitlock and Adam Peatty.

“I don’t really feel I ought to be chargeable for profitable each time, however I do really feel I ought to be going on the market and making an attempt to make my nation proud by placing in one hundred per cent to attempt to get medals,” he defined.

But regardless that girlfriend Lois Toulson was competing within the last of the ladies’s 10m synchro platform final night time, he wasn’t hanging round to cheer her on.

“It finishes so late and I’ve to be up at 6.30 within the morning for the 3m springboard, so I’ll have to provide her my love and go residence,” he stated.

“I’m a bit nervous concerning the 3m as a result of I’ve been scuffling with accidents all yr and it’s been a very horrible time.

“I’ve solely had a few weeks coaching main into this and defending a title is so robust, so I’m actually proud.”

But his early begin wasn’t sufficient to stop him from indulging his ardour for PlayStation to rejoice his newest gold medal.

“I’m a reasonably hardcore gamer at residence and I don’t assume mum could be very pleased with that one,” he admitted.

“I’ve introduced a PlayStation out right here with me so I’ll return to the condo I share with the opposite divers, sit on the console, eat some meals and sit back.”

 Laugher on his way to victory in the 1m springboard final

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Laugher on his approach to victory within the 1m springboard last

Laugher was joined on the rostrum by Scotland’s James Heatly, who was near tears as he acquired his bronze medal.

Heatly revealed: “This implies every thing to me as a result of my grandpa Sir Peter Heatly gained three Commonwealth golds and to be the primary Scottish diver since him to win a medal is unimaginable.”

And there was additional success on the diving boards for England when Alicia Bragg and Kat Torrance gained silver within the ladies’s synchronised 3m platform.

A delighted Blagg admitted: “It’s a bit surreal as a result of I’m based mostly in Miami and Kat is in Leeds, so we haven’t actually educated collectively.”

Torrance admitted: “This was my first Commonwealth competitors so I’m fairly shocked and loopy happy to get a medal.

“We’ve solely been coaching collectively for the 2 weeks we’ve been out right here in Australia so we have been like ‘we’ll simply wing it and see what occurs’. And it went fairly nicely.”

BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell falls into pool interviewing Commonwealth Games swimmers on stay TV

THE LAST TIME Jack Laugher competed in a serious diving occasion, the water was too inexperienced.