Ripon diver Jack Laugher wins another gold at Commonwealth Games

Jack Laugher, left, with Chris Mears

Jack Laugher, left, with Chris Mears

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NORTH Yorkshire diver Jack Laugher was overjoyed after completing his Commonwealth Games campaign with a second gold medal.

The 19-year-old Ripon star won the men's three-metres springboard for England alongside Chris Mears yesterday.

Laugher, the one-metre springboard individual champion on Wednesday and silver medallist in the three-metres individual event on Thursday, and Mears finished with a total of 431.94 to triumph at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool.

"It was amazing," Laugher said.

"The Commonwealth Games have been an absolute dream for me. I was hoping, if I could get lucky, to come away with three medals.

"To come away with two golds and a silver is absolutely fantastic.

"To do the last one with my best mate and to get that alongside each other is what we've been dreaming of all year."

Australia's Matthew Mitcham and Grant Nel took silver with 403.14.

A second English pair reached the podium as Nick Robinson-Baker and Freddie Woodward of England claimed bronze with 364.41.

Laugher and Mears' best dive was an inward three-and-a-half somersault which scored 85.68 - one of three scores in the 80s in their six-dive set.

There is little rest for the pair as they now focus on the European Championships in Berlin later this month.

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