Dan Goodfellow and Jack Laugher book Team GB spot at Tokyo Olympics after 2019 World FINA Championships medal
Dan Goodfellow and Jack Laugher have booked Team GB a spot at the Tokyo Olympics after winning silver at the 2019 World FINA Championships in South Korea.
Meldreth-based Goodfellow was competing in the men’s 3m synchro with Laugher, and their finish means that they have qualified the country the first aquatics spot in Japan next year.
The duo have only been working together for 10 months, but they put together their combined abilities having both won medals at the Rio Olympics.
It may have been a race against time to gel, but they have done so to form a successful partnership.
“I knew we were capable of doing it but actually putting a performance together is something we’re really proud of – it’s unbelievable really,” said 22-year-old Goodfellow.
“ We’ve had a lot of bad performances throughout the World Series and maybe without them we wouldn’t have achieved what we did today.
“Qualifying a space for the Olympics is amazing.”
In Gwangju, they started well to amass 97.80 points - an improvement on their score from the preliminary round when they were fourth - but they were only sixth. Favourites China were a spot and a point behind.
An inward three-and-a-half somersault tuck earned 80.58, despite being slightly out of sync, saw them move to second at halfway, behind hosts South Korea.
Goodfellow and Laugher took the lead after round five, but were down to third after the penultimate round, with China leading and the Mexican pair up to second.
The British pair delivered a front four-and-a-half somersault tuck to get 98.64 points, their best score of the competition, to seal the silver medal, with the Chinese taking gold with a total haul of 439.74.
Laugher added: “Job done! I mean this year has been a bit ropey for both of us - we’ve had some good highs but real lows as well, so to do that here, qualify that Olympic spot and get a silver medal, it means the world to us.
“This is Dan’s first World Championships medal and my first world silver as well, so for both of us we’re really pleased.”