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Diving at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Women's Springboard

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 12, 1936
Date Finished: August 12, 1936
Format: 3 metre springboard. Final round only. Three compulsory and three optional dives.

Gold: USA Marjorie Gestring
Silver: USA Katherine Rawls
Bronze: USA Dorothy Poynton-Hill

Summary

Marjorie Gestring won the women’s springboard gold medal, although she was only 13-years-old. At 13 years, 267 days old, she remains the youngest Olympic individual champion among women in any sport. Gestring returned to the 1948 Olympic Trials and just missed making the Olympic team, placing fourth. The silver medalist in this event was Peggy Rawls who had finished second in the event in 1932. A few days later, she would add a bronze medal in swimming in the 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay. The bronze medalist on springboard was Dorothy Poynton-Hill who, when she was only 13 in 1928, had won a silver medal in this event. She also won gold medals on platform in both 1932 and 1936.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Marjorie Gestring 13 United States USA Gold 89.27
2 Katherine Rawls 19 United States USA Silver 88.35
3 Dorothy Poynton-Hill 21 United States USA Bronze 82.36
4 Gerda Daumerlang 16 Germany GER 78.27
5 Olga Jensch-Jordan 23 Germany GER 77.98
6 Masayo Osawa 23 Japan JPN 73.94
7 Suse Heinze 16 Germany GER 71.49
8 Fusako Kono 20 Japan JPN 70.27
9 Betty Slade 15 Great Britain GBR 69.95
10 Lynda Adams 16 Canada CAN 67.44
11 Inger Nordbø 21 Norway NOR 65.94
12 Alma Staudinger 14 Austria AUT 65.76
13 Kathinka Larsen 30 Great Britain GBR 64.00
14 Annie Villiger 22 Switzerland SUI 62.38
15 Thelma Boughner 17 Canada CAN 60.04
16 Cécile Lesprit-Poirier 30 France FRA 58.86