Rio 2016 Olympic Games champions Jack Laugher and Chris Mears had to settle for silver at the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Diving World Series event in Beijing today.
The duo from Great Britain scored 427.98 in the men’s synchronised three metre springboard competition at the Water Cube, a venue at the Beijing 2008 Games, but were outperformed by China’s Cao Yuan and Xie Siyi.
In front of a home crowd, the pairing put in a strong shower to take gold with a total of 450.39, taking the overall lead with their second dive and holding onto the advantage for the remaining four efforts.
Russia’s Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov finished third with a score of 419.25.
There were three more competitions held today as part of the World Series leg and all were won by Chinese divers.
In the women’s 3m synchronised springboard, Shi Tingmao and Xu Zhihuan topped the podium with 319.20, which put them 20.52 ahead of Australia’s Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith while Kristina Ilinykh and Madezhda Bazhina of Russia came third on 294.00.
Chen Aisen and Yang Hao won the men’s 10m synchronised with a score of 488.85, holding the lead all the way through the contest.
Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein finished second on 419.10 while Russians Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev came third with 415.50.
Chang Yani and Ren Qian took gold in the women’s 10m synchronised with a score of 340.26.
This put them 24.18 in front of Malaysian duo Pandelela Pamg and Cheong Jun Hoong, who also took silver at Rio 2016.
North Koreans Kim Kuk Hyang and Kim Mi-rae, who won bronze in Rio, were also third today with a score of 313.92.
Competition continues tomorrow with the men’s and women’s 3m springboard events.