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Thursday, August 11

The British diver is so hot!!!’ Gold medal hearthrob sends women AND men into meltdown after stunning show in Rio2016

Winners! British duo Chris Mears and Jack Laugher have triumphed in the 3m synchronised diving - taking gold in the pool

  • British diving duo Chris Mears and Jack Laugher have won gold in the three-metre synchronised diving
  • Team GB pair fought off competition from American and Chinese rivals - who finished second and third
  • Gold in Rio is Britain's first ever in the Olympic diving - and comes after Daley and Goodfellow's bronze
  • Mears survived a deadly virus seven years ago and woke from coma wanting to compete at the Olympics
  • The aspiring DJ has also secured a record deal and released his debut single Mexico in Latin America
  • Both men, who have girlfriends, saw their fanbase sky rocket after appearing in Gay Times photoshoots

British duo Chris Mears and Jack Laugher triumphed last night in the three-metre synchronised diving - taking gold in the green pool.
The dynamic pair delivered a stunning performance to fight off competition from the Americans and the Chinese and secure Team GB's first ever gold medal in Olympic diving - and became instant heartthrobs.
Twitter was flooded with comments about Chris Mears' remarkably honed physique, with one writing: 'The British diver is hot!!!'.
The triumph marks the culmination of Mears' remarkable journey to the top of his sport. Seven years ago the 23-year-old overcame a deadly virus which led to the rupture and removal of his spleen, awaking from a coma to compete at London 2012.  
The aspiring DJ has also found time to secure a record deal with Universal, releasing his debut single Mexico in Latin America last year.
But last night it was clear Mears was thinking only of his sporting success. After learning of his stunning victory, the diver grabbed 21-year-old Laugher, his flatmate and close friend, and pumped the air with joy. 
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Winners! British duo Chris Mears and Jack Laugher have triumphed in the 3m synchronised diving - taking gold in the pool
Winners! British duo Chris Mears and Jack Laugher have triumphed in the 3m synchronised diving - taking gold in the pool

We did it! Mears and Laughers' gold is Britain's first ever in an Olympic diving event - and it came after they fought off competition from the American and Chinese (left) pairs

We did it! Mears and Laughers' gold is Britain's first ever in an Olympic diving event - and it came after they fought off competition from the American and Chinese (left) pairs
The divers, who both have girlfriends, saw their fanbase rocket after both appeared in photoshoots for Gay Times to voice their support for the LGBT community - particularly those involved in sport
The divers, who both have girlfriends, saw their fanbase rocket after both appeared in photoshoots for Gay Times to voice their support for the LGBT community - particularly those involved in sport
Mears, 23, almost died in January 2009 after contracting the deadly Epstein Barr virus. He collapsed with a ruptured spleen and lost five pints of blood as he battled to survive - falling into a coma. He is an aspiring DJ with a huge fanbase
The aspiring DJ - who has released a single in Mexico - posted this picture on Instagram with Nicole Scherzinger with the caption 'So good hanging with this one again! Don't want to leave'
The aspiring DJ - who has released a single in Mexico - posted this picture on Instagram with Nicole Scherzinger with the caption 'So good hanging with this one again! Don't want to leave'
Mexican boyband CD9 welcomed Olympian and aspiring DJ Chris Mears (third from left) as their sixth member when he visited Mexico. The band congratulated him on his medal win. He posted this image to Instagram with the caption 'annual reunion with my brothers'
Mexican boyband CD9 welcomed Olympian and aspiring DJ Chris Mears (third from left) as their sixth member when he visited Mexico. The band congratulated him on his medal win. He posted this image to Instagram with the caption 'annual reunion with my brothers'
The pair were also congratulated on their success by Mexican boyband CD9, who said: 'Congrats buddy #Gold #Rio2016 #Olympics'
Mears, who has clearly been brushing up on his language skills, replied in Spanish: 'Thank you! I'll be back soon to return as the sixth member of CD9!'
The divers, who both have girlfriends, saw their fanbase rocket after both appeared in photoshoots for Gay Times to voice their support for the LGBT community - particularly those involved in sport. 
Their gold is Britain's first ever in an Olympic diving event - and comes just two days after Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow won bronze in the 10m synchronised dive. 
Mears and Laugher were forced to endure a nervous wait for the Chinese divers' last attempt to find out whether they had secured Britain's third gold medal in Rio, but were overjoyed after the judges declared them the winners. 
The British pair led throughout much of the competition - beating their American and Chinese rivals over six dives. 
There was rapturous applause in the diving arena as Mears and Laugher stepped up to collect their medals, with British supporters chanting: 'Team GB!' 
The pair - from Leeds - were not distracted by the bizarrely green pool, or by the farcical events that struck the Mexican diving duo.
Taking the plunge: Laugher and Mears were at the top of the leaderboard throughout much of the event and were on top at the end after six solid dives
Taking the plunge: Laugher and Mears were at the top of the leaderboard throughout much of the event and were on top at the end after six solid dives
There was rapturous applause in the diving arena as Mears and Laugher (centre, next to the American and Chinese teams) stepped up to collect their medals, with British supporters chanting: 'Team GB!'
There was rapturous applause in the diving arena as Mears and Laugher (centre, next to the American and Chinese teams) stepped up to collect their medals, with British supporters chanting: 'Team GB!'
Gold in the green: The pair - from Leeds - were not distracted by the bizarrely murky  pool as they won the gold medal
The British pair (pictured) led throughout much of the competition - fighting off their American and Chinese rivals 
The British pair (pictured) led throughout much of the competition - fighting off their American and Chinese rivals 
After waking up from a coma in the hospital, Mears dreamed of competing in the Olympics. Now he and teammate Jack Laugher are Olympic gold medallists
After waking up from a coma in the hospital, Mears dreamed of competing in the Olympics. Now he and teammate Jack Laugher are Olympic gold medallists
Aspiring DJ Chris Mears released his first single 'Mexico' in Latin America, and has joked about being the sixth member of a boy band in the country
Aspiring DJ Chris Mears released his first single 'Mexico' in Latin America, and has joked about being the sixth member of a boy band in the country
Boyband CD9 congratulated Mears on he and Laugher's gold medal win last night, and he replied in Spanish that he'd be visiting to rejoin the band soon
Boyband CD9 congratulated Mears on he and Laugher's gold medal win last night, and he replied in Spanish that he'd be visiting to rejoin the band soon
The Mexicans were halfway through jumping off the three-metre springboard when the lights were switched on in the diving arena.
Controversy followed as the pair climbed back up to the board and tried to jump again - only for the referee to tell them to get back down and accept they had ruined their final dive.
China had won every diving gold in Rio until this event. Chinese pair Qin Kai and Cao Yuan's poor final jump saw them slip down to third. 
Mears, 23, almost died in January 2009 after contracting the deadly Epstein Barr virus.
He collapsed with a ruptured spleen and lost five pints of blood as he battled to survive - falling into a coma.
After waking and leaving hospital a month later, he dreamt of competing at the Olympic games - a dream he realised tonight by taking gold.
US diver Michael Hixon (pictured) smashed the water and celebrated after his final dive tonight - only for him and Sam Dorman to finish second overal, behind the Brits
US diver Michael Hixon (pictured) smashed the water and celebrated after his final dive tonight - only for him and Sam Dorman to finish second overal, behind the Brits
Britain's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears celebrate after winning the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard diving final in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center
Gold: Laugher and Mears snatched victory from the Americans and Chinese after putting in a spectacular performance
Gold: Laugher and Mears snatched victory from the Americans and Chinese after putting in a spectacular performance
Asked about his near-death experience, Mears said: 'It is something that I don't think about too much now... I still can't really believe it has happened. 
'When I went into London and competed really well there, that was really emotional for me because of what has happened to me. London kind of changed me as a person and I became a bit more mature and stuff for this Games and I was in a different position to get medals. 
'I have come from deaths door to here, so yeah, I am pretty proud. The dream has happened. We are ecstatic at how we have done.' 
Mears revealed the dedication the pair had put in training to achieve their goal.
He said: 'We have been looking pretty damn good in training. As you can see the conditions are a big thing here, one minute you can be diving in sunshine then it's cloudy and then it's raining and really windy - so there are a lot of factors that I think that can throw people off.
‘But we just stayed in our zone. We didn’t know how many points we needed because we weren’t concentrating on that. All I concentrated on was landing on my head on my dive and I did that. And so did Jack so we came out on top.' 
Laugher said: ‘It’s fantastic to win Britain’s first Olympic gold in diving. We only found out that it was the first gold medal [for TeamGB in diving] before the podium.
‘It’s one of the first on springboard as well so we’re so overwhelmed with what we’ve done, what we’ve done this year, especially with all the setbacks and with the massive risk of putting in that hard dive into our list.
‘The dreams happened and it’s paid off and we’re ecstatic with how we’ve done. We are really proud to do this for Great Britain.’ 
Laugher added that the strange green-coloured water had helped them to victory.
He said: ‘'The green water, we have been assured that it is safe and we quite enjoyed it actually, it's different from normal but it's easy to see and I suppose it helped us really.’
Laugher, centre left, and Mears, centre right, laugh after being presented with their gold medals following their win
Laugher, centre left, and Mears, centre right, laugh after being presented with their gold medals following their win
 
Mears (right, with Laugher), 23, almost died in January 2009 after contracting the deadly Epstein Barr virus
Mears (right, with Laugher), 23, almost died in January 2009 after contracting the deadly Epstein Barr virus

Mears - whose mother died when he was a toddler - has the support of his father, Paul, and stepmother, Katy (pictured together), as well as a legion of supporters
Mears - whose mother died when he was a toddler - has the support of his father, Paul, and stepmother, Katy (pictured together), as well as a legion of supporters
Mears - who has a younger brother, Charlie, and older sister, Natalie - lost his mother to breast cancer when he was a toddler.
He has the support of his father, Paul, and stepmother, Katy, as well as a legion of supporters.
The divers' fanbase sky rocketed after he appeared on the front of Gay Times to voice his support for the LGBT community - particularly those involved in sport.
Mears, who has a girlfriend, joked that he was trying to 'trying to steal' Tom Daley's gay fans by taking part in the shoot.
The diver - who is also a music producer - wrote a 'goodbye' note to his girlfriend after a plane he was travelling on in 2014 was suddenly engulfed by smoke, however the aircraft made an emergency landing and all passengers escaped unscathed.
Laugher, 21, also did a photoshoot for Gay Times, in 2013, but said he was straight.
The gold medal-winning diver, who also has a girlfriend, said in an interview with the magazine: 'Any sport you should be able to be openly gay in. I have quite a few gay friends, just from school and people I’ve met through diving and my journey. Everyone should feel comfortable to be gay and be who they are.' 

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