9 Aug 2018

Jack Laugher reaches for triple Diving crown in 3m springboard synchronised

Laugher has already won gold in the 1m springboard and 3m springboard and will be going for a hat-trick.

Jack Laugher (GBR) will reach for the triple European crown with partner Christopher Mears in the 3m springboard synchronised on day five of the Diving competition at Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Laugher has already won gold in the 1m springboard and 3m springboard at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Champions are the favourites for Friday but a challenge is likely to come from 2017 World Champions Evgenii Kuznetsov/Ilia Zakharov (RUS). The latter took the silver and his partner the bronze in the inidividual 3m on Thursday.

Other contenders include Ukraine's Oleksandr Gorshkovozov/Oleg Kolodiy and Andrea Chiarabini/Giovanni Tocci of Italy. Tocci won the silver medal in the 1m springboard on Tuesday but failed to qualify for the final in the 3m springboard.

Elena Bertocchi (ITA) hopes to defend her European title in the women's 1m springboard but competition will be tough with 2017 World silver medallist Nadezhda Bazhina (RUS), Maria Polyakova (RUS) and Anna Pysmenska (UKR). Tina Punzel (GER) is hoping to add another medal to her gold in the 3m mixed synchronised, while the new 10m platform champion Celine Maria van Duijn (NED) could be good for another surprise.