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Diving at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Platform

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 28, 1920
Date Finished: August 29, 1920
Format: 5 and 10 metre boards.

Gold: USA Bud Pinkston
Silver: SWE Erik Adlerz
Bronze: USA Harry Prieste
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Bud Pinkston was the favorite in this event, having won the 1920 AAU Championship and he did not disappoint. The American bronze medalist, Harry Prieste, died in April 2001, then aged 103 years old. At the 2000 Olympics, he attended the Sydney Games, returning an Olympic flag that he had "borrowed" while a competitor in Antwerp.

The fancy high diving consisted of four optional and four compulsory dives, executed from both height platforms. The compulsory dives were as follows: #6 - inward dive; #11 - front handstand dive; #17 - 1½ somersault dive from handstand; #19 - reverse dive, pike position.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bud Pinkston 20 United States USA Gold
2 Erik Adlerz 27 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Harry Prieste 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Gustaf Blomgren 32 Sweden SWE
5 Yngve Johnson 24 Sweden SWE
6 Louis Balbach 23 United States USA
7 Adolpho Wellisch Brazil BRA
4 p1 r1/2 Gunnar Ekstrand 28 Sweden SWE
4 p2 r1/2 Lauri Kyöstilä 26 Finland FIN
5 p1 r1/2 Paul Köhler 24 Denmark DEN
5 p2 r1/2 Sven Palle Sørensen 21 Denmark DEN
6 p1 r1/2 Richard Flint 20 Canada CAN
6 p2 r1/2 Clyde Swendsen 24 United States USA
7 p2 r1/2 Kalle Kainuvaara 29 Finland FIN
8 p2 r1/2 Sigvard Andersen 26 Norway NOR