World Aquatics Championships: Jack Laugher & Dan Goodfellow win silver

By Nick Hope
BBC Olympic sports reporter in Gwangju

Britain’s Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow secured their first major honour as a pair with 3m synchronised silver at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

The result also secured Team GB’s place in the event for the 2020 Olympics.

They teamed up last year after Chris Mears, who won Olympic gold alongside Laugher at Rio 2016, took a break.

Britain, who were in the gold medal position after four of the six routines, finished second behind China.

China produced two impressive final dives to finish with 439.74 points, while GB scored 415.02. Mexico finished third with 413.94.

“This means the world to us,” Laugher told BBC Sport.

Laugher and Goodfellow won only one bronze medal together during this year’s World Series.

“It’s not been an easy year for us at all and the lows have been really low but to turn it around like that today and qualify for the Olympics is amazing,” said Laugher.

Goodfellow claimed Olympic bronze in the 10m synchro event at Rio 2016 before switching to the springboard last year.

He said: “We’ve achieved this with just eight months together so I’m excited to see what we could do with another 12 months of training.”

Earlier, Britain’s Kat Torrance finished fourth in the 1m springboard, 1.8 points off bronze. China’s Yiwen Chen won gold ahead of USA’s Sarah Bacon, while Suji Kim won the hosts’ first medal.

“I’m pleased with the performance and it’s good to get the cobwebs off and get used to the venue, which is big and quite loud,” said Torrance, who will return for the synchronised 3m springboard with Grace Reid on Monday.

British pair Robyn Birch and Noah Williams finished fourth in the mixed 10m synchro, 2.46 points behind Mexico in third. China took gold with 346.14 points, and Russia silver with 311.18.

On Sunday, Britain’s European champions Lois Toulson and Eden Cheng will bid for an Olympic place in the synchronised 10m platform, while Scottish Commonwealth bronze medallist James Heatly returns for the men’s 1m final.