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Laugher targets Olympic diving medal

Harrogate-born Jack Laugher has been selected for his second Olympics, and is tipped as one of the best prospects in the squad for a medal.

Laugher - who trains in Leeds - will compete in both the 3m individual event, and in the synchro with his housemate Chris Mears.

He says he'll take a lot from his experiences at London 2012.

Harrogate diver claims bronze in Mexico World Series

Harrogate diver Jack Laugher took bronze in the three-metre Springboard in the final leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Mexico and was ranked third in the overall rankings.

Jack has been in strong form throughout the season, with the latest medal adding to his impressive tally that also includes a silver from Canada and bronze from Russia. The 19-year-old finished with a score of 504.65 points for his second bronze of the series.


Alicia smashes British diving record

Alicia Blagg Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Leeds diver Alicia Blagg has smashed the British record as she claimed Gold in the 1m springboard at the British Gas National Championships in Plymouth.

The 16 year old, who competed at the Olympics last summer, won with a personal best score of 273.15. City of Sheffield's Clare Cryan came second and claimed silver.

Harrogate's Jack Laugher won silver in the 1m springboard with a score of 374.75

And Keighley's Jenny Cowen and city of Leeds' Rebecca Galantree won a silver in the 10 syncro.

Sporting champions and singing stars out for the Christmas lights bash

West Yorkshire's very own world champion triathlete Jonathan Brownlee and Leeds' world junior diving champion Jack Laugher will be joined by Britain's Got Talent's Loveable Rogue and Tyler James from The Voice to help Leeds celebrate its Christmas lights switch-on.

The all-star party-line up doesn't stop there,Leeds Rhinos and England captain Kevin Sinfield will be there with the Super League trophy as well as the Rugby League World Cup trophy.

A gang from Leeds United will also be at the event - manager Neil Warnock along with some of his first-team players.

"The annual Christmas Lights Switch-On is a great family event and this year's line-up will make for a fantastic and fun evening. With musical performances and celebrating the amazing success of Leeds sports stars and our London 2012 athletes, there is something for everyone to enjoy and a perfect opportunity to really get into the Christmas spirit."

– Councillor Adam Ogilvie

It's set to take place at Victoria Gardens in the city centre tonight at 6.45pm.

Diving success

City of Leeds diver Jack Laugher has won his second gold medal in the space of 24 hours at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide with victory in the 3m springboard syncro alongside partner Tom Daley.

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.

North Yorkshire Olympian wins junior championships

Ripon's rising star Jack Laugher claimed the third world youth title of his career after diving to victory in the three-metre springboard at the World Junior Diving Championships.

Laugher, 17, attracted one score of 10 to get Great Britain got off to a golden start on the opening day in Adelaide.

The teen diver won the junior 3m and 1m crowns in Tucson two years ago and has since established himself inside the world's top 10.

Laugher unfortunately crashed out in the first round in the Olympics and failed to compete his final dive.

But in his first competition since London 2012 he proved his class, winning a 10 for his second three-and-a-half reverse somersaults, on way to a score of 635.45.

Laugher will go for more gold tomorrow when he partners Tom Daley in the 3m synchro.