Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 5, 1948
Format: 10 metre platform. Final round only. Four compulsory and four optional dives.
Sammy Lee won this event, leading in both the preliminary round and the final. Lee had finished third earlier in London on the springboard, which was won by Bruce Harlan, who placed second to Lee in this event. Lee would return in four years at Helsinki and defend his gold medal on platform. The bronze went to Mexican Joaquín Capilla, who had only been fifth in the preliminaries. Capilla would improve to a silver medal in 1952, behind Lee, and then win the platform gold medal at Melbourne in 1956.
Lee made it to the top as a diver despite overcoming racial discrimination as a Korean-American. Growing up in Fresno, California, Latinos, Asians and African-Americans were only allowed to use Fresno's public Brookside Pool on Wednesdays, on what was called “international day,” which was the day before the pool was scheduled to be drained and refilled with clean water. To allow him to practice on other days, his coach dug a pit in his backyard and filled it with sand, and Lee practiced by jumping into the pit.
|1||Sammy Lee||27||United States||USA||Gold||130.05|
|2||Bruce Harlan||22||United States||USA||Silver||122.30|
|5||Peter Heatly||24||Great Britain||GBR||105.29|
|11||Louis Marchant||32||Great Britain||GBR||96.11|
|12||Kamal Ali Hassan||24||Egypt||EGY||95.33|
|18||Gordon Ward||27||Great Britain||GBR||88.96|
|21||Geoff Mandy||28||South Africa||RSA||86.00|
|22||Rauf Abdul Seoud||33||Egypt||EGY||85.85|