Experience will be key in Paris – Laugher

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Experience will be key in Paris - Laugher

Jack Laugher (left) and Anthony Harding won gold at the British Diving Championships last month [Getty Images]

Diver Jack Laugher believes his Olympics experience can help him and 3m springboard synchronised partner Anthony Harding claim a medal at the Paris Games.

The 29-year-old is competing in his fourth Olympics, while Harding, 23 – who turns 24 on Saturday – is entering his first.

Laugher has won a gold, silver and bronze in his three previous Games.

“I think we’ve got a really good chance in the synchro with me and Anthony,” he told BBC Look North.

“We work really hard and we’ve had a fantastic year and picked up a few medals.”

He added: “Diving next to someone who has never done an Olympics is always a strange one but I was there myself once.

“After doing four I know what to expect and this is just another major event like the others we do.

“So far in our majors we’ve been successful, obviously there is the added pressure of having those five rings on the wall and it’s broadcast to a fair few more people and that does change a bit.

“However, it’s the same dives we do every time, on the same board and that’s what I’ve been trying to get into him. Hopefully we carry that mantra through with us.”

Focus on Paris but looking ahead to LA

The City of Leeds diver, who was just 17 when he competed at London 2012, said it was an “incredible achievement” to have made it to a fourth games.

After claiming bronze in the men’s 3m springboard at Tokyo 2020, five years after winning the gold in the same event at Rio, he spoke openly about how mental health struggles had impacted him and left him questioning whether he would continue with the sport.

He is now looking to carry on his career through to a fifth Games in Los Angeles in 2028.

“It’s something that seven-year-old me would never have thought I’d make one Olympics, let alone four,” he said.

“I think there’s a good chance I might make a fifth Olympics.

“It’s a symbolic thing to have five Olympic Games for the five Olympic rings. I’ve got to see how this one goes and how the body and mind holds up.”


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