By Mike Rowbottom

Tom_Daley_Leeds_June_11_2011June 11 - Tom Daley, competing for the first time since the death of his father Robert, finished fifth in the three-metre springboard event at the National Diving Championships in Leeds today.

The 17-year-old, who chose to compete at a discipline in which he rarely competes rather than doing the pairs event, will expect to do better in tomorrow's 10m platform event.

Rising star Jack Laugher claimed the gold in his home pool.

Laugher had a final score of 453.65, which should be enough for him to be selected for next month's World Championships in Shanghai, after he finished 39.3 points clear of Ben Swain and Chris Mears.

"It's absolutely great to win today," said Laugher, 16.

"I have the title and have taken on some of the best divers in the country.

"We should know who is competing in Shanghai soon and the idea of competing against the world elite is really exciting.

"I have got a lower degree of difficulty list at the moment but this is something I am working on with my coach and I know it'll be ready soon."

Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg continued their fine form to take gold in the women's three-metre synchro.

Tonia Couch claimed her second gold medal of the meet with success in the women's 10m platform.

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