Published: Thu, August 11, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Jack Laugher, Chris Mears earn diving gold for GB

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears have won Team GB's first ever diving gold medal after victory in the 3m synchro final at the Rio Olympics.

The pair have created history by winning Great Britain's first Olympic diving gold medal.

The pair topped the charts with a score of 454.32 from their six dives to add the ultimate prize to their previous Commonwealth and European crowns.

The pair held off their rivals from US and China - the favourites - to take the gold.

Steven Scott grabbed bronze in the shooting, Joe Clarke took gold in the K1 kayak, judoka Sally Conway bronze and Jack Laugher and Chris Mears gold in diving.

Once their fate was decided, tears of joy started streaming down the faces of Mears and Laugher's faces and it is no surprise for the pair who are extremely close friends.

Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon of the United States of America finished in the silver medal position, a wonderful result for a duo who were given no chance before the event. They nailed their Forward 2 1/2 Somersault 2 Twists, to score 84.66 with top marks for synchronisation.

Mears and Laugher were next up and rose to the pressure, delivering one of their best ever scores for the routine to guarantee them at least silver.

A score of 86.58 for their forward 2 1/2 somersault 3 twists - the most hard dive in their repertoire - saw the Britons take an advantage of 2.64 into the final round. But China faltered, scoring 83.22, which sparked jubilant celebrations among the British contingent.

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