Jack Laugher and Chris Mears made history on Wednesday, securing Great Britain's first Olympic gold medal in diving as they won the synchronised three-metre
Jack Laugher and Chris Mears made history on Wednesday, securing Great Britain's first Olympic gold medal in diving as they won the synchronised three-metre springboard.
The British pair produced a superb final dive to displace Chinese duo Qin Kai and Cao Yuan, whose botched entries on their last effort left them third.
Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon of the United States took silver, having scored 98.04 on their final effort - the best score of the competition.
Victory was even more remarkable for Mears as he was given just a five per cent chance of living after bursting his spleen in a training accident in 2009.
Laugher, meanwhile, struggled badly at the London 2012 Games as a 17-year-old, but was able to enjoy an entirely different experience this time around.
"After what happened in London, I'm just overwhelmed at how well today went," said Laugher.
"To come from that place to here, it was why I was so emotional. That was my lowest moment, and my highest moment is at my second Olympics."
The success of Mears and Laugher earned Team GB a second medal in the diving, after Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow grabbed bronze in the synchronised 10m platform.
Qin, meanwhile, now has five Olympic diving medals (two gold, one silver and two bronze) - a tally surpassed only by Dimitry Sautin of Russia (8).