Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Faliron Bay, Peiraias
Date Started: April 27, 1906
Date Finished: April 28, 1906
Format: Nine dives from heights of 4, 8, and 12 metres, three from each height.
The diving was held, as were the swimming and rowing events, at the Neo Phaliron Bay in the open water. The diving competition was spread over two days when it had to be canceled on 26 April [13 April] and 27 April [14 April] because of the high winds that came up in the Neo Phaliron Bay. Although some dives were completed in the afternoon of 27 April [14 April], the event was finished the following morning.
The diving competition was held off three platforms at 4, 8 and 12 meters in height above the water. Each diver took nine dives, three from each height. The rules decreed that the dives would be judged on two factors: difficulty and execution. There were five judges, with each diver's final score being figured by averaging the marks of the five judges. Scoring was 10 points for difficulty, and 10 points for execution, or 20 points possible for each dive. Thus, the highest possible total score was 180.0.
The competition was dominated by German speaking divers. It was won by Gottlob Walz of Germany. Georg Hoffmann, also of Germany, finished second, with Otto Satzinger, of Austria, winning the bronze medal. Walz's nine dives were as follows: 4-metre - 1) Half-gainer, 2) Full-gainer, 3) 1½ somersault layout position; 8-metre - 1) Front jackknife, 2) tuck jump, 3) half driller; 12-metre - 1) Front jackknife, 2) Straddle dive, 3) Emperor jump.
|5||Melville Clark||23||Great Britain||GBR||144.0||151||165||124||120||160|
|17||Harold Smyrk||16||Great Britain||GBR||126.4|
|AC||Frank Bornamann||29||United States||USA||DNF|