Jack Laugher became the first British Diving World Series gold medallist of 2015 with the best performance of his career in Dubai.
The 20-year old soared to a career-best 564.35 to take 3m gold in the UAE, finishing ahead of China’s three-time world champion He Chong (531.85) and Olympic 10m Synchro gold medallist Cao Yuan (531.30).
Laugher’s victory was the first World Series gold of his career and he became just the second British diver – alongside Tom Daley – to have won individual gold since the World Series began in 2007.
Laugher had already turned in a personal best score of 517.85 to progress from the semi final in Dubai but he took his standard to another level in the final, scoring more than 90 points for all but one of his six dives and 88.40 for the other.
The Brit didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring 91.80 for his opening round forward 2 1/2 somersaults 2 twists pike and finished off with his two highest-scoring dives, 96.20 for a forward 4 ½ somersaults with tuck and 97.20 for a back 3 ½ somersaults with tuck.
Laugher was also in synchronised action in Dubia, finishing fourth for the second consecutive World Series with teammate Chris Mears as the pair scored 422.40.
The British women’s synchronised pairs also missed out on the podium as Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg (3m Synchro) scored 300.87 for fifth in the 3m Synchro while Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow (10m Synchro) were sixth in the 10m Synchro on 305.04.
Gallantree was also in the individual 3m Springboard, finishing ninth overall on 290.45.