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Diving at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Springboard

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London; White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 14, 1908
Date Finished: July 18, 1908
Format: 1 and 3 metre springboards.

Gold: GER Albert Zürner
Silver: GER Kurt Behrens
Bronze: GER Gottlob Walz
USA George Gaidzik

Summary

There were two springboards used, one of 1 metre and one of 3 metres. Each competitor made seven dives, four compulsory and three optional. Two compulsory dives were made from the 1-metre springboard, a plain running dive and a running forward somersault; and two were made from the 3-metre springboard, a 1 somersault and a backward spring with forward dive. The optional dives were made from the 3-metre springboard.

Germany dominated this event. In the first round, the top score was posted by Kurt Behrens, while in the semi-finals he was second to the United States' George Gaidzik. The winner in the finals, however, was the 18-year-old Albert Zürner, who narrowly defeated Behrens and whose main claim to fame was having been Champion of Hamburg (Germany) for the past four years. Tieing for third with Gaidzik was Gottlob Walz, who was the heavy favorite. Walz had won the platform competition at the 1906 Olympic Games, was an 11-time German champion, and had won the European championship three times, first in 1903.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Albert Zürner 18 Germany GER Gold
2 Kurt Behrens 23 Germany GER Silver
3T George Gaidzik 23 United States USA Bronze
3T Gottlob Walz 26 Germany GER Bronze
3 p1 r2/3 Ernest Pott 25 Great Britain GBR
3 p2 r2/3 Fritz Nicolai 29 Germany GER
4 p1 r2/3 Heinz Freyschmidt 20 Germany GER
4 p2 r2/3 Harold Clarke Great Britain GBR
5 p1 r2/3 Frank Errington Great Britain GBR
5 p2 r2/3 Harold Grote United States USA
6 p1 r2/3 Oskar Wetzell 19 Finland FIN
3 p1 r1/3 Robert Zimmerman 26 Canada CAN
3 p2 r1/3 Anthony Taylor 25 Great Britain GBR
3 p4 r1/3 William Bull Great Britain GBR
3 p5 r1/3 Harold Smyrk 18 Great Britain GBR
4 p1 r1/3 Harry Crank Great Britain GBR
4 p3 r1/3 Karl Malmström 32 Sweden SWE
4 p4 r1/3 Carlo Bonfanti 32 Italy ITA
4 p5 r1/3 Thomas Cross Great Britain GBR
5 p1 r1/3 James Beckett Great Britain GBR
5 p3 r1/3 William Hoare Great Britain GBR
5 p4 r1/3 Sigfrid Larsson 26 Sweden SWE
6 p4 r1/3 Snowy Baker 24 Australasia ANZ