Diving World Series: Jack Laugher targets world record in London

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter
Jack Laugher
Jack Laugher won two Commonwealth gold medals for England at Glasgow 2014 before his break-through World Series titles in 2015.
London Diving World Series:
Venue: London Aquatics Centre Dates: 1-3 May 2015
Coverage: All sessions featuring finals are live on the BBC Sport website and IPTV with the men's 10m platform final also live on BBC Three from 19:00 on 3 May. Check listings for the latest Red Button showings.

British diver Jack Laugher says home advantage could help him set a new world record score at the World Series Diving event in London this weekend.

Laugher, 20, has enjoyed a superb start to the 2015 season, with a maiden 3m springboard World Series title in Dubai and a second gold in Russia last week.

His personal best total of 564.35 from six routines in Dubai is just eight points off the current world record.

"I think it [the record] is definitely on the cards," Laugher told BBC Sport.

"Winning in front of a home crowd would be a fantastic feeling and to make it three [wins] in a row, well, that would be mind-blowing."

Tom Daley on Jack Laugher:
"Jack has finally come into his own and at the moment he is the best in the world on the springboard, no-one is coming close. He knows he can do it and for me at the moment he's unstoppable."

Laugher won four world titles in his junior career and claimed 10 international honours - including two Commonwealth titles - during an impressive 2014.

However, perfecting a new dive, which consists of two somersaults with 3.5 twists and which was honed over the winter months, has helped propel the London Olympian to the top of the sport.

"I think I've known what may be possible for a while and it's just been about building experience and training harder at my base in Leeds every year," he said.

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"The new dive means I now have the highest degree of difficulty in the world across all my six routines and hopefully the home crowd can push me to something special this weekend."

Should Laugher claim a third successive World Series gold he would overtake the British record of two titles he currently shares with 10m platform diver Tom Daley.

The Olympic bronze medallist competes on the final day of the competition on Sunday.

London Olympians Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow will look to continue their recent impressive form, having won two synchronised 10m bronze medals this season, when they compete on Sunday.

The London World Series also features the new 'mixed' diving events, where synchronised pairs consist of one male and one female.

The 3m and 10m competitions, which are included in this summer's World Championships in Russia, debuted at the British Championships in February, but this is the first international event to feature them in the UK.

London Diving World Series schedule:
Day:Events (finals)
Friday 1 MayWomen's 10m synchro final (12:00)Men's 10m synchro final (13:02)Women's 3m synchro final (19:00)Men's 3m synchro final (19:55)
Saturday 2 MayWomen's 3m springboard final (18:00)Men's 3m springboard final (18:55)Mixed 3m springboard final (19:56)
Sunday 3 MayMen's 10m platform final (19:00)Women's 10m platform final (20:17)Mixed 10m platform final (21:19)