Commonwealth Games: Jack Laugher advances to 3m springboard final

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England diver Jack Laugher blamed nervousness for his subpar performance in the 3m springboard preliminaries as he narrowly reached the final.

Laugher, the defending champion of the event, had zero points in the first round after making an errant dive.

He was supposed to do two half somersaults on the spear but missed two turns.

He was able to make the cut in 11th place, with only the top 12 of the 15 players making the cut.

“I got a little bit of knee shaking on the board, I was a little nervous, basically just a little too suspicious of myself,” Laugher told BBC Sport.

“When you do a twist dive, you have to release the leg into the twist, and I’ve gotten past the point of being able to do that, just did a different dive.

“Once you fail your first dive, emotions play a big role in it and you start to want it a little too much.

“I think when emotions are attached to it, it can make my dives very up-and-down. So I’m going to reset, get some sleep, and come back and do what I can.”

The 27-year-old is chasing his third gold medal at these Commonwealth Games, a hat-trick he completed at the last Olympics in 2018.

He won the 1m springboard and the synchronized 3m springboard on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

The 3m Springboard Finals will take place tonight at 18:05 BST. Laugher will join England team-mates Dan Goodfellow and Jordan Houlden and Scotland’s Ross Beattie and James Heatly in the final.

“I think I’m the favourite and it’s very evident after my performances at the Commonwealth Games and Worlds before,” Lager said.

“I think when you have that expectation of yourself, and an expectation from a group of people, it can be very difficult.

“It’s really hard to stay ahead and obviously I want a third gold medal.

“Maybe I just put too much pressure on myself and I need to enjoy it again and relax.”

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