Jack Laugher and Chris Mears denied European diving gold on men's 3m springboard

Olympic champions Jack Laugher (left) and Chris Mears with their European silver medals

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears denied European diving gold on the men's 3m synchronized trampoline

  • Olympic champions Chris Mears and Jack Laugher settle for silver in Glasgow
  • The two were defeated on the men's 3m synchronized platform by the Russian pair
  • Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov would take gold at less than one point
  • Laugher had already claimed two gold medals on the 1m and 3m individual trampoline.

Mark Staniforth, Press Association Sport

Jack Laugher is savoring the road to Tokyo 2020 after finishing on the wrong side of a high class battle with his rival rivals at the European Championships in Edinburgh.

Chris Mears and Chris Mears entered the synchronous three-meter event as Olympic champions, but the British were eliminated in the final dive at the Royal Commonwealth Pool by Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov, who also denied them world gold last year.

The result meant that Laugher was denied a sweep of three gold medals at the Games after claiming victory in the 1m and 3m individual trampoline events earlier this week.

Olympic champions Jack Laugher (left) and Chris Mears with their European silver medals

Olympic champions Jack Laugher (left) and Chris Mears with their European silver medals

The 23-year-old said: "We have a lot of things to improve and it will be two exciting years." The Russians look fantastic and ask us to be close.

"They are massive competitors and it's nice to compete face to face with them, it's been a fun and healthy competition, it's much harder than the Commonwealth Games and it's not a disappointment."

An error in the third immersion of the Russians had given the initiative to Laugher and Mears, but a small lapse of their own when the gold was in sight cost the couple dearly.

The British pair scored a relatively poor 78.66 for their final attempt, while a 94.62 for the Russians was enough to give them gold by less than one point, 431.16 to 430.62.

Mears said: "I did not have my last dive, but I really enjoyed the crowd and the environment, and I'm happy.

"Obviously I would have loved to have the gold and get the Jack trick, but it was nice to go out and have a battle with the Russians."

The pair was defeated by the Russian duo Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov in Glasgow

The pair was defeated by the Russian duo Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov in Glasgow

The pair was defeated by the Russian duo Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov in Glasgow

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