Jack Laugher completes golden diving double at European Championships

Delight for Great Britain
Delight for Great Britain

Olympic champion Jack Laugher completed a golden diving double for Great Britain at the European Championships in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Laugher came from behind to clinch the men's 1 metre springboard title after teenagers Lois Toulson and Eden Cheng had claimed a surprise victory in the women's 10m synchro.

Toulson, 19, and 15-year-old Cheng pulled off a superb final dive to move up from bronze medal position and eclipse Russia's Ekaterina Beliaeva and Iuliia Timoshinina who had to settle for silver.

It was a stunning performance from the pair who were teaming up together for only the second time at an event which also marked Londoner Cheng's senior Great Britain debut.

Success for Laugher, who won synchro gold with Chris Mears at Rio 2016, was more predictable but equally hard-fought as he edged home over silver medallist Giovanni Tocci of Italy.

"It's amazing," said Cheng, who took up the sport after being inspired during London 2012, and is still in the process of completing her GCSEs at school in Dulwich.

"Just to think that last year I did my first senior international for Great Britain, and now I'm standing here at the senior Europeans."

Chang and Toulson started badly but benefited from poor final dives from both the Russian and German teams, with successive final efforts of 69.12 enough to edge them home.

Laugher also struggled to assert his authority until a top-scoring third dive of 74.80 lifted him clear of his rivals and justified his status as the heavy pre-competition favourite.

Laugher, who is due to team up with Mears later this week, said: "With two events to go, it is a really good way for me to kick off these Championships.

"It was not my best performance and not as good as the Commonwealth Games, but I am happy to come out on top again."

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

Mark Davis1

Ronnie rumbled by inspired Davis

Mark Davis pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career when thrashing Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-1 to book his place in the final of English Open.

Tempers boil over with Jose Mourinho (centre) in Chelsea v Manchester United2

Mourinho on touchline fallout

Chelsea's Marco Ianni will be asked to explain himself to Maurizio Sarri for provoking Jose Mourinho in the 2-2 draw with Man United.

The Premier League round-up for Saturday October 203

Premier League round-up

Man City hit five against Burnley, Liverpool edge Huddersfield, Cardiff got their first win of the season and Tottenham won the London derby at West Ham.

Today's Racing Tips4

Sunday's racing preview

Keith Hamer previews Sunday's racing in the UK and Ireland with the nap and next best selections both coming on the National Hunt card at Kempton.

HK Direct: GC will be bringing us all the latest from Hong Kong5

HK Direct: Let the games begin

Graham Cunningham is back on the Sporting Life pages as he helps bring us HK Direct, a new bi-weekly feature from Hong Kong as the Happy Valley and Sha Tin season continues in style.

Most Read

Mark Davis1

Ronnie rumbled by inspired Davis

Mark Davis pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career when thrashing Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-1 to book his place in the final of English Open.

Tempers boil over with Jose Mourinho (centre) in Chelsea v Manchester United2

Mourinho on touchline fallout

Chelsea's Marco Ianni will be asked to explain himself to Maurizio Sarri for provoking Jose Mourinho in the 2-2 draw with Man United.

The Premier League round-up for Saturday October 203

Premier League round-up

Man City hit five against Burnley, Liverpool edge Huddersfield, Cardiff got their first win of the season and Tottenham won the London derby at West Ham.

Today's Racing Tips4

Sunday's racing preview

Keith Hamer previews Sunday's racing in the UK and Ireland with the nap and next best selections both coming on the National Hunt card at Kempton.

HK Direct: GC will be bringing us all the latest from Hong Kong5

HK Direct: Let the games begin

Graham Cunningham is back on the Sporting Life pages as he helps bring us HK Direct, a new bi-weekly feature from Hong Kong as the Happy Valley and Sha Tin season continues in style.

Racing Tips

Today's Racing Tips

Sunday's racing preview

Keith Hamer previews Sunday's racing in the UK and Ireland with the nap and next best selections both coming on the National Hunt card at Kempton.

Nap Of The Day

Daily Nap: May day

Ben Linfoot landed a 5/1 winning Champions Day nap on Saturday and he's in the hotseat on Sunday as the Sporting Life Daily Nap runs at Naas.

The Breeders' Cup returns to Churchill Downs this year

Antepost Angle: Breeders' Cup

Matt Brocklebank takes an early look at the Breeders' Cup with a handful of recommended bets including West Coast in the Classic.

Next Race Off

03:07 Delta Downs
10
(10)
Harbor Pilot
J: Emanuel Nieves
5
(5)
Pound For Pound
J: Colby Hernandez
4
(4)
Magic Vow
J: Kerwin Clark

Football Tips

Our best bets for Everton v Crystal Palace

Everton to continue winning run?

Super Sunday's only game sees Everton take on Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. We have a best bet for the game.

Our best bets for this week's Monday Night Football

Arsenal to make it ten in a row?

Monday Night Football this week comes from the Emirates as Arsenal take on Leicester. We have 4/1 and 13/1 best bets.

Enable storms to victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in October 2018.