YP Comment: Olympic history boys Laugher and Mears reign in Rio rain

WHAT a win. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears captured the hearts of the country when they became the first British divers in history to strike gold at the Olympics.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears celebrate their Olympic gold.

An emotional roller-coaster, the Leeds-based divers reigned supreme in the Rio rain after producing the performance of their lives.

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It only tells part of the story – North Yorkshire-born Laugher, from Ripon, nearly gave up the sport after falling short of his high standards in London while Mears, an adopted Yorkshireman, was given a five per cent chance of survival following a near-death illness in Australia seven years ago.

A victory for perseverance, these divers – house-mates and best friends – never stopped fighting and were the first to dedicate their success to their flabbergasted families, fabulous fans and fantastic coaches at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

Take a bow lads – you are outstanding Yorkshire ambassadors and this triumph will, hopefully, be the springboard to even greater success.