Result: Jack Laugher qualifies second, Chris Mears out in China

Jack Laugher finishes second in the men's 3m semi-final at the diving World Cup, while teammate Chris Mears is eliminated.

Young British diver Jack Laugher has qualified in second place for the final of the men's 3m springboard at the diving World Cup in Shanghai.

Jack Laugher at the Diving World Cup in China on July 18, 2014© Getty Images

The 19-year-old performed consistently over the six rounds - at one point leading the pack after an impressive reverse 3-1/2 somersault tuck with a score of 92.75 - to post a final tally of 507.00.

He was beaten by China's Cao Yuan, on 524.10, but edged ahead of fellow Chinese contender He Chong, who was forced to settle for third with 504.00.

Chris Mears mid-dive at the World Cup in Shanghai on July 18, 2014© Getty Images

Laugher's teammate Chris Mears struggled from the off, posting just 57.00 for his most ambitious dive - the forward 4-1/2 somersault tuck - in the sixth round for a total of 412.00 and a 15th-place finish, ruling him out of tomorrow's final.

Elsewhere, the USA's Nick McCrory rallied from a shaky start to finish fifth overall, while Canada's Francois Imbeau-Dulac rounded out the pack with a score of just 316.65.

The semi-final rankings in full:

1. Cao Yuan (CHN) - 524.10
2. Jack Laugher (GBR) - 507.00
3. He Chong (CHN) - 504.00
4. Patrick Hausding (GER) - 493.05
5. Nick McCrory (USA) - 478.25
6. Illya Kvasha (UKR) - 469.70
7. Ilia Zakharov (RUS) - 464.45
8. Yahel Castillo (MEX) - 463.75
9. David Boudia (USA) - 462.50
10. Rommel Pacheco (MEX) - 459.75
11. Ken Terauchi (JPN) - 428.10
12. Grant Nei (AUS) - 427.95
13. Evgenii Kuznetsov (RUS) - 424.85
14. Tze Laing Ooi (MAS) - 423.85
15. Chris Mears (GBR) - 412.05
16. Sho Sakai (JPN) - 400.15
17. Ahmad Amsyar (MAS) - 379.10
18. Francois Imbeau-Dulac (CAN) - 316.65

Chris Mears round-by-round:

Round 1: Inward 3-1/2 somersault tuck, (difficulty 3.4) - 68.00
Round 2: Reverse 3-1/2 somersault tuck, (difficulty 3.5) - 70.00
Round 3: Reverse 2-1/2 somersault 1-1/2 twist pike, (difficulty 3.3) - 77.55
Round 4: Back 2-1/2 somersault pike, (difficulty 3.0) - 63.00
Round 5: Forward 2-1/2 somersault 2 twist pike, (difficulty 3.4) - 76.5
Round 6: Forward 4-1/2 somersault tuck, (difficulty 3.8) - 57.00

Jack Laugher round-by-round:

Round 1: Forward 2-1/2 somersault twist, (difficulty 3.4) - 81.6
Round 2: Reverse 3-1/2 somersault tuck, (difficulty 3.5) - 92.75
Round 3: Inward 3-1/2 somersault tuck, (difficulty 3.4) - 79.9
Round 4: Reverse 2-1/2 somersault 1-1/2 twist pike, (difficulty 3.3) - 80.85
Round 5: Forward 4-1/2 somersault tuck, (difficulty 3.8) - 85.5
Round 6: Back 3-1/2 somersault tuck, (difficulty 3.6) - 86.4

Chris Mears and Jack Laugher at the China FINA world diving series on July 17, 2014.
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