Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Came out of a Coma and Knew I Had to Go for Olympics, Says Diver Mears

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Came out of a Coma and Knew I Had to Go for Olympics, Says Diver Mears

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Byline: David Churchill

FOR Chris Mears, the experience of falling into a coma "kickstarted" his ambition to qualify for the Olympics.

The diver, 23, was given a five per cent chance of survival in 2009 after contracting the Epstein-Barr virus, which led to the rupture of his spleen. He pulled through but fell into a coma lasting three days. Mears, who will today go for gold in the 3m synchronised diving with Jack Laugher, said: "It made me think about what I wanted to do with my life and what I wanted to achieve.

"Because at this stage I was a kid and not really trying very hard at school and not trying very hard at training and kind of just bumming along. I think a lot of people do that but need a kickstart, and that's what it gave me it made me think, 'Okay, I want to try to make the Olympic Games'. …

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