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Diving at the 1906 Athina Summer Games

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Sports:

Host City: Athina, Greece
Date Started: April 27, 1906
Date Finished: April 28, 1906
Events: 1

Participants: 24 (24 men and 0 women) from 7 countries
Youngest Participant: GER Albert Zürner (16 years, 87 days)
Oldest Participant: SWE Otto Hagborg (51 years, 239 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (2 medals)

Overview

Diving had been held at the 1904 Olympics and was again contested with a single event at the 1906 Athina Games. The event was held in the [Neo Phaliron Bay] and had to be held over two days (26-27 April) because of high winds that stopped the competition on the first day.

The event appears to have been a platform competition, as it was labelled "Highboard Diving", but there has been some controversy about that. Diving historian Bob Clotworthy (1956 Olympic springboard gold medalist) has noted, "It seems that it was some sort of a combination event, but it does not mention whether springboard was part of the combination . . . I think we can surmise that the higher elevations were platform." But Diem noted (in translation), "[German] swimmers were hampered because of the unusual springboard, fixed at the top of the swim tower. . . showed off the 12 m-board a daring somersault." It is not absolutely certain that the 4-metre dives were from a springboard, or as Diem noted, a "Sprungbrett". And photographs of the diving in the Official Report show that it was definitely contested off platform-like towers. There is no evidence of a springboard.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Platform GER Gottlob Walz GER Georg Hoffmann AUT Otto Satzinger