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Laugher misses out on medal

Jack Laugher produced the best result of his senior career as he narrowly missed a maiden Diving World Series medal in London.

The 19-year-old became the first British springboard diver to pass 500 points as he was tipped out of a podium place in a field boasting world champion He Chong and Olympic gold medallist Illya Zakharov.

Laugher posted a career-best 517.60, highlighted by a score of over 100 for his penultimate dive, a forward four-and-a-half somersaults with tuck.

That pushed him into third place and while he could not hold on, the City of Leeds diver was left beaming afterwards.

"That was absolutely brilliant," he told reporters.

"I've never gone over 500 - nobody from Britain has ever gone over 500 on three-metre so to have that achievement is absolutely incredible.

"I had some absolutely incredible dives today - I went over 100 for the first time ever which is another PB for myself and had a massive score on my reverse three and a half as well so it's been a brilliant experience."

Laugher's performance was made even sweeter as he returned to the London Aquatics Centre pool where he had endured a nightmare Olympics Games.

The Yorkshireman failed to progress past the first round at London 2012, despite hopes of reaching the final, bombing out without registering a score for his final round.

Laugher's performance continued Great Britain's impressive showing after two medals on the opening day.

Former European platform synchro champions Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch claimed silver off the tower while Hannah Starling and Becky Gallantree won springboard synchro bronze in their first major competition together.

The duo were, however, unable to advance past the first round in the individual springboard on Saturday.

Tom Daley will highlight Great Britain's medal hopes on Sunday, as he renews his battle with Olympic champion David Boudia from America.