Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: August 3, 1948
Format: 3 metre springboard. Final round only. Five compulsory and five optional dives.
Bruce Harlan led through the preliminaries. Miller Anderson had the best score of the final five dives, but he had only been fourth in the preliminaries and the scores carried over. Thus Harlan won the gold medal with Anderson second. American Sammy Lee completed the sweep by earning bronze. Lee would later win platform gold in London and defend that title in Helsinki. Anderson would repeat as the silver medalist in this event in Helsinki.
Harlan and Anderson both died young. In 1959 Harlan was involved in a diving exhibition and at the end helped to take down the scaffolding for the exhibition, when he fell 27 feet to his death. Anderson had been a decorated fighter pilot in World War II, but at age 42 he died from a heart attack.
|1||Bruce Harlan||22||United States||USA||Gold||163.64|
|2||Miller Anderson||25||United States||USA||Silver||157.29|
|3||Sammy Lee||27||United States||USA||Bronze||145.52|
|7||Kamal Ali Hassan||24||Egypt||EGY||119.90|
|13||Peter Heatly||24||Great Britain||GBR||111.73|
|15||Ismael Ahmed Ramzi||30||Egypt||EGY||110.18|
|18||Charles Johnson||Great Britain||GBR||105.32|
|23||Peter Elliott||18||Great Britain||GBR||91.23|