Thu, 11 Aug 2016
HERE'S Burghfield Common's very own Chris Mears celebrating winning an historic gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio last night.
Mears and his dive partner Jack Laugher led from the end of round three in the men's synchronised 3m springboard final and held their composure to secure their place in the history books.
It was the first time Great Britain had ever won gold at diving and has seen Mears and Laugher replace Tom Daley as the poster boy of British Diving in today's national press.
Mears, who attended Garlands Junior School and the the Willink School in Burghfield Common, celebrated last night, tweeting pictures of his medal (above).
And back home in Burghfield Common, the local community have been busy joining in the national celebrations.
On the Burghfield Community Facebook page, they have already posted a picture of a mock-up village sign which says 'Welcome to Burghfield Common, home of Chris Mears, Gold Medalist.'
In 2009, Mears was given a five per cent chance of surviving life-threatening surgery after rupturing his Spleen.
But he defied the odds to not only make a full recovery, but become an Olympic champion.
Mears was delighted with his result and the pair's conquest of the conditions and opposition: "We’ve been looking pretty damn good in training," he said. "The conditions are a big thing here. One minute you can be diving in sunshine, then it’s cloudy, then it’s raining and it’s really windy. So there are a lot of factors that can throw people off.
"We didn’t let that faze us out there, we did our thing and we came out on top. The Americans definitely put the pressure on us and they were quite vocal about it and quite emotional.
"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.”