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Daley makes winning return

Tom Daley made a winning return to action as he triumphed in the three-metre springboard synchro at the World Junior Diving Championships.

In his first appearance since winning an emotional bronze medal at the London Olympics, Daley secured his first junior world title alongside Jack Laugher and continued a stellar year that has also seen him crowned European and World Series platform champion.

Victory was Laugher's second title in as many days after he won the individual 3m springboard on the opening day of competition on Monday.

The 17-year-old Ripon diver, who has been tipped as a future world champion by American diving legend Greg Louganis, has now won four junior world crowns.

Daley and Laugher blitzed their rivals with a score of 338.85. Russian duo Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Popkov were their closest challengers 30.83 behind.

It was a rare appearance on the springboard for Daley, but marked a possible future direction for the Plymouth diver after he and Laugher only began training together for the synchro after the Olympics.

Daley will look to claim his second gold medal later this week when he competes in the 10m platform, the event at which he was crowned senior world champion as a 15-year-old in 2009.

"It was a crazy competition,'' Daley said.

"I don't usually do springboard and Jack rarely does synchro so we weren't sure how we would get on beforehand.

"We had a slightly easier list than some of our competitors but we executed all the dives well and steadily built a lead throughout the competition. It's my first gold medal at a junior worlds and it is great to say I am junior world champion.''

Laugher was pleased to claim his double gold and put the memory of a forgettable Olympics behind him.

Laugher, who has established himself inside the world's top 10 springboarders in the past 12 months, crashed out in the first round of the 3m in London.

"It was my aim to come out here and put the Olympics behind me, to show that I am a good diver and that I can come back from a bad experience stronger,'' said Laugher.

"On my first dive I just wanted to do well and get myself pumped up for the competition. The first went and so did my second and it went from there.

"It was great I got a 10 for one of my dives in my individual event yesterday which is amazing. I've come back strongly and yeah, I'm really chuffed.

"I have got a day off tomorrow so I will train in the morning, then do some homework and get ready for the one metre competition on Thursday.''

Fellow Olympian Alicia Blagg endured a difficult day after she completely missed her final dive to finish 12th in the girls 1m springboard behind team-mate Grace Reid in ninth.

Plymouth's Shanice Lobb claimed eighth in the girls 'B' category 10m platform final.