Tokyo Olympics 2020 live: Jack Laugher and James Heatly eye medals in 3m springboard final

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tokyo olympics live 2020 diving jack laugher athletics 200m final - AP
tokyo olympics live 2020 diving jack laugher athletics 200m final - AP

05:58 AM

Pump up the volume

By Pippa Field, in Tokyo

Into the final countdown to the men's 3m springboard final and safe to say the DJ is doing his best to pump an atmosphere into the spectator-less Tokyo Aquatics Centre. We've even had an accompanying light show as well.

The 12 divers will be out shortly, including Britain's Jack Laugher and James Heatly. You would have to say the battle for gold should be between the Chinese pair of Xie Siyi and Wang Zongyuan, who combined to such good effect to win the synchro event last Wednesday.

They both finished the semi-final over 25 points clear of nearest challenger Laugher in third, with Heatly fourth. But of course this is diving, and one dropped dive can throw everything out.

How Britain would love to add to their solitary medal so far in Tokyo, courtesy of Tom Daley and Matty Lee's gold.

05:56 AM

Good morning

And welcome to Telegraph Sport's Olympics blog for Tuesday, August 3. We'll be focusing on the 3m individual springboard final from 7am - with Team GB pair Jack Laugher and James Heatly both in the hunt for medals.

Later on we will have live coverage of athletics, including the women's 800m final (1.25pm) which has three Britons going for glory, and then the women's 200m final slightly later on (1.50pm) - as well as everything else you could possibly need to know.

05:45 AM

Laugher will need to be at best to topple Chinese pair

Chinese divers continued to lead the way in the semi-finals for the men's 3m springboard diving, after Xie Siyi and Wang Zongyuan produced a series of impressive dives to claim the top two spots.

Xie and Wang, who won the gold medal in the synchronised 3m springboard as team-mates last week, were in the top two for the entire competition, and finished with 543.45 and 540.50 points respectively ahead of today's final.

One of them could become the first male diver in 20 years to win both individual and synchronised 3m springboard at the same Olympics after their compatriot Xiong Ni accomplished such a feat at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games.

Jack Laugher and James Heatly of Britain came third and fourth, while 40-year-old Japanese Ken Terauchi, the diving event's oldest contender, also qualified in the top 12, finishing seventh.

Laugher became Britain’s first ever Olympic diving champion alongside Chris Mears at Rio 2016 - but only narrowly avoided finishing last with new partner Daniel Goodfellow in Tokyo in the 3m synchronised event last week.

“[It] was just a bad day and everybody has them,” Laugher said after that disappointment. “Sometimes you can’t put your finger on it.

“We woke up feeling good. We felt a little bit nervous but no more than a normal competition. Springboard diving is a bit of a b---- really. It really does just go south very quickly and there is very little you can do about it.”

Laugher also won Olympic silver in the 3m individual springboard in 2016 - and said he still feels “pretty good” about his prospects of making the podium again.

Colombia, which has never won an Olympic medal in diving, exited the competition after Daniel Restrepo Garcia and Sebastian Morales Mendoza didn't make the cut.

The pressure is on for Mexico's Rommel Pacheco Marrufo after his team-mate Osmar Olvera Ibarra didn't qualify for the finals -- their country has previously excelled at Olympic diving, its most medal-producing sport in history. The 35-year-old has said in the past that he plans to retire after Tokyo. Reuters

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