THOUGH they are the reigning Olympic champions, the true meaning of the Commonwealth Games gold medal won Down Under by Jack Laugher and Chris Mears was epitomised by the emotional embrace between the Leeds-based divers after their synchronised springboard triumph was confirmed.
Laugher, who hails from Ripon, has been battling injury while Mears has spoken candidly about mental health – and the personal demons he had to overcome – after the glory of Rio in 2016. This mattered.
A third gold at the Games for Laugher after two individual wins, Yorkshire was left fifth in the medal table and above the likes of New Zealand. Talk about a sporting powerhouse.