Team GB Olympics diving hero Tom Daley returned to action with victory alongside Jack Laugher

Last Updated: 09/10/12 3:38pm

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Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley returned to winning ways as he won the three-metre springboard synchro alongside Jack Laugher at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide.

The poster boy of the London 2012 Games, made his first appearance since the emotional medal-winning scenes at the Aquatics Centre in the summer.

Daley secured his first junior world title as he continued a successful year, in which he has also been crowned European and World Series platform champion.

"It was a crazy competition. I don't usually do springboard and Jack rarely does synchro. "
Tom Daley

The victory was Laugher's second title in as many days, following his win in the individual 3m springboard on Monday, the opening day of competition.

Tipped as a future world champion by American diving legend Greg Louganis, the 17-year-old Ripon diver has now won four junior world crowns.

Laugher and Daley destroyed their opponents with a score of 338.85, with Russian duo Maxim Popkov and Ilia Kuzmin their closest challengers 30.83 behind.

For Daley, it was an uncommon appearance on the springboard however it signalled a possible future route for the Plymouth diver. The duo only began training together for the synchro after the Olympic Games.

Later this week, Daley will look to secure his second gold medal when he competes in the 10m platform. This is the event in which he was crowned senior world champion in 2009 as a 15-year-old.

Daley said: "It was a crazy competition. I don't usually do springboard and Jack rarely does synchro so we weren't sure how we would get on beforehand.

"We had a slightly easier list than some of our competitors but we executed all the dives well and steadily built a lead throughout the competition. It's my first gold medal at a junior worlds and it is great to say I am junior world champion."

Diving partner Laugher was pleased to achieve his double gold and put the memory of a forgettable Olympics behind him.

Having established himself inside the world's top 10 springboarders in the past 12 months, Laugher crashed out in the first round of the 3m in London.

Laugher added: "It was my aim to come out here and put the Olympics behind me, to show that I am a good diver and that I can come back from a bad experience stronger.

"On my first dive I just wanted to do well and get myself pumped up for the competition. The first went and so did my second and it went from there.

"It was great I got a 10 for one of my dives in my individual event yesterday which is amazing. I've come back strongly and yeah, I'm really chuffed.

"I have got a day off tomorrow so I will train in the morning, then do some homework and get ready for the one metre competition on Thursday."

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