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Tokyo Olympics: Jack Laugher wins bronze medal in men’s 3m springboard final with strong display

Jack Laugher wins bronze medal in men’s 3m springboard final with strong display… as Team GB diving team-mate James Heatly finishes in ninth with China’s Xie Siyi taking gold in Tokyo


Jack Laugher put in another excellent display to win the bronze medal for Team GB in the men’s 3m springboard final in Tokyo.

Laugher, 26, won three metre synchro gold in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, and was looking to bounce back after failing to defend his title with Dan Goodfellow earlier in these Games.

And after the Yorkshireman showed good form in the morning event with his six dives good enough to secure third place in the semi-final, he went on to seal his third Olympic medal with 87.75 in his final dive and finish with 518.00 points.

Jack Laugher has won the bronze medal for Team GB in the men’s 3m springboard final

Heatly was making his Olympic final debut

It is a third Olympic medal for Laugher

Laugher (R) was pipped to second by Wang Zongyuan while James Heatly (L) finished ninth

Team GB team-mate James Heatly meanwhile finished in ninth after a strong showing in the semi-final on his Olympics debut. 

Heatly however follows in the footsteps of his grandfather Sir Peter Heatly, who competed in diving at the 1948 and 1952 Games in London and Helsinki respectively.

China’s two-time world champion Xie Siyi however took a comfortable gold medal, backing up the gold he won with Wang Zongyuan in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard final earlier in the week with 558.75 on Tuesday.

Compatriot Zongyuan meanwhile took the silver medal after after grabbing 102.60 in his final dive, moving him above Laugher to finish on 534.90. 

China's tearful two-time world champion Xie Siyi however took a comfortable gold medal

China’s tearful two-time world champion Xie Siyi however took a comfortable gold medal

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