Daley makes winning return

Tom Daley, pictured, was successful alongside Jack Laugher in Adelaide

Tom Daley, pictured, was successful alongside Jack Laugher in Adelaide

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Tom Daley made a victorious return to action by winning the three-metre springboard synchro alongside Jack Laugher at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide.

In his first appearance since winning an emotional bronze medal at the London Olympics, Daley secured his first junior world title and continued a stellar year that has also seen him crowned European and World Series platform champion.

Victory was Laugher's second title in as many days after he won the individual 3m springboard on the opening day of competition.

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

Daley and Laugher blitzed their rivals with a score of 338.85. Russian duo Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Popkov were their closest challengers 30.83 behind.

It was a rare appearance on the springboard for Daley, but marked a possible future direction for the Plymouth diver after he and Laugher only began training together for the synchro after the Olympics.

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

"It was a crazy competition," Daley said. "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."

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