We’ve been following the Commonwealth Games closely since it began two weeks ago and one young man in particular, Jack Laugher. It’s no secret that ukBathrooms sponsors the Ripon based diver and are all immensely proud of what he has achieved in a short amount of time.
This year alone, Jack has won six medals during the FINA/NVC Diving World Series including four bronze and two silver, and went one step further by winning two gold medals and one silver medal during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jack picked up his first gold in Wednesday’s men’s 1m springboard final scoring an impressive 449.90 to edge out the Australian pair of Matthew Mitcham and Grant Nel who scored 404.85 and 403.40 respectively.
Jack continued his great run of form by narrowly missing out on another gold medal in the Men’s 3m Springboard, losing to Malaysian diver Ooi Tze Liang, but regained his composure to win the Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard with his good friend and fellow British diver Chris Mears by an impressive 28 points.
Jack said after the event, “These 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 gold’s and a silver is fantastic.”
Jack’s father, David Laugher gave ukBathrooms an exclusive insight into the Commonwealth Games, he said, “The Commonwealth Games was a great opportunity for Jack to show just how good he was after a less than successful Olympic Games in 2012 and he managed to put all that experience into producing a World-class performance. Although the coverage on the BBC was marvelous it could not compete with actually being there and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere with the shouting screaming and banner waving everytime Jack took to the diving board!.
“Jack really only had one bad dive out of 30 and although that cost him a gold medal, returning home with two Gold medals for indivdual 1M and syncro 3M with partner Chris Mears plus a further silver for individual 3M he couldn’t be happier. There was no doubt at all that the syncro competition was his favorite and having already stated thet they were going to ‘Rip it up!’ this is just what they did, I have never seen him so happy after a competition win.
“Jack and Chris also made a brief appearance with Clare Balding on ‘Tonight at the Games’ on Saturday night after rushing aross from the last event in Edinburgh (This is where the diving pool is located) Their infectious and informal style is now being referred to tongue in cheek as a ‘Bromance’ or as ‘The Likely Lads’ by sports reporter Bob Ballard. This was evident in the closing ceremony when the BBC cameras picture Superstar Tom Daley videoing the event only to have Jack and Chris pop up in front of the lens and video-bomb the shot!”
Jack will be competing at the LEN European Swimming Championships 2014 in Berlin in August before taking a well earned holiday in Morocco.