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Laugher still has fire and passion for gold; DIVING.

Jack Laugher used to vow he would quit diving once he realised his dream of Olympic gold.

However, one year out from Tokyo 2020, he maintains he is more motivated than ever to add to his historic triumph in Rio.

At the age of just 24, Laugher is already considered something of elder statesman within the GB set-up and now has the additional task of guiding his new teammate Dan Goodfellow in the synchro discipline he has made his own.

Laugher, who won 3m synchro gold with Chris Mears in Rio, teamed up with Goodfellow, a bronze medallist in the 10m synchro at the same games, last year after Mears opted to take a break from his sport.

And the pair have enjoyed success ahead of schedule by taking silver at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea last week, further convincing Laugher that he was correct in continuing his quest for more Olympic glory.

Laugher said: "I always said if I won an Olympic gold medal I would retire on top, but when you're 21 and you achieve your dream it's very different.

"If you look back at the athlete I was three years ago, I've completely evolved. I'm more mature, I'm a better trainer and I've got a lot more skills.

"I've got that fire and passion to want to achieve more."

Goodfellow has evolved as a fine replacement for Mears and having already qualified a place for Tokyo they look increasingly likely to mount a sturdy defence of Laugher's title.

Goodfellow said: "We got that silver medal and we can look forward to taking that spot at the Olympics."

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Jul 25, 2019
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