Diving World Series: Medals for Laugher & Mears, Couch & Barrow

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter in London
Laugher & Mears
Jack Laugher and Chris Mears' silver was their first medal won together in this season's World Diving Series
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.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears secured their first World Series Diving honour of the season together with 3m synchronised silver in London.

Team-mates Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow had earlier equalled their best result of the campaign with synchronised 10m platform bronze.

Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg finished just 0.24 points off third in their synchronised 3m final.

"This result is fantastic for us," Laugher told BBC Sport.

Laugher and Mears totalled 433.80 to finish behind China's Kai Qin and Yuan Cao (447.75), with Russian's Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov (429.21) third.

World Series silver for the English Commonwealth champions was all the more impressive given Mears had been struggling with a back injury and was forced to pull out of last week's event in Kazan, Russia.

"The injury really hurt, but I didn't want to miss out on competing in front of a home crowd who really helped us today," Mears said.

"I have to say a massive thanks to the medical team for getting me here though."

Great Britain's Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow
Great Britain's Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow won Commonwealth silver together for England last year

Couch and Barrow finished third in Kazan last week and were pleased with their performance despite being distracted by noise from visiting school-children.

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley - who was disturbed by camera flashes during the London 2012 Olympics in the same venue - warned the spectators about how dangerous making noise during a diver's routine could be.

"We're really pleased with the medal," said Couch after finishing behind pairs from China and Malaysia.

"It perhaps wasn't the best score due to the noise, but I think we're on the right track for the World Championships."

Commonwealth champions Gallantree and Blagg (295.44) claimed bronze at the season-opening World Series in Beijing, but were denied a further podium after Canadians Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware (295.68) edged ahead of them in the final round of dives.

The women's synchronised 3m event was won by China's Minxia Wu and Shi Tingmao (331.50) with Italians Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape (314.40) second.

China also dominated the men's synchronised 10m platform final with Lin Yue and Chen Aisen (474.84) claiming a fourth consecutive title, ahead of Germany (427.02) and Mexico (420.78).

British champions Matthew Lee and James Denny scored 385.32 to finish fifth in their major international debut as a pair.

Laugher will return for the individual 3m springboard event on Saturday where he will be looking to secure a British record third-successive gold medal.

London Diving World Series schedule:
Day:Events (finals)
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)