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Jack Laugher

First ever British Diving Gold medallist at the Olympic Games

About Jack

Jack Laugher is an Olympic Diving Champion, three-time European Diving Champion, and a five-time Commonwealth Diving Champion. Jack Laugher has competed for both Team GB and Team England in the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games respectively.

Jack was born on 30 Jan 1995 in North Yorkshire, England. He was educated at Ripon Grammar School in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Jack became interested in diving at seven years old when he visited the Harrogate Hydro Swimming pool and a lifeguard suggested diving lessons.

In July 2014, Jack broke out on the senior international diving stage when he won a bronze medal in the 3m springboard at the Shanghai World Cup. Soon afterwards, he won two gold medals at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the 1m springboard, and in the 3m synchro with Chris Mears.

At the 2015 World Championship in Kazan, Russia, Laugher and Mears won bronze in the 3m springboard synchro, thus qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Laugher then won a second bronze in the individual 3m springboard, making him the first Briton to win two medals in a World Championships.

In May 2016, he won the 3m synchronised springboard at the European Championships in London alongside Mears, and a silver in the individual 3m springboard.

Additionally, that year at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Laugher and Mears became the first ever diving gold medal winners for Great Britain in the synchronised 3m springboard. They scored 454.32, beating the American Sam Dorman and Michael Hixon (450.21) and the Chinese pair Qin Kai and Cao Yuan in bronze (443.70). Furthering his Olympic success, Laugher won a silver medal in the individual 3-metre springboard event.

In 2017, Jack was awarded his Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to diving. Additionally, Jack has won Diver of the year at the British Swimming Awards in both 2017 and 2018, as well as Overall Athlete of the Year in 2018.

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast, Australia, Laugher successfully defended his title on the 1m springboard winning gold. The next day, he added another gold medal after winning the 3m springboard event. Finally, he then followed it up with a third gold of the Commonwealth Games after winning the men's 3m synchronised springboard with Chris Mears.

At the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow/Edinburgh, Laugher won gold in the men's 1m springboard. He then won a second gold medal in the men's 3m springboard. Finally, Jack added a silver to this tally in the Championships with a second-place finish in the 3m synchro springboard alongside his synchro partner, Chris Mears.