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Diving at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Springboard

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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.

Gold: USA Bruce Harlan
Silver: USA Miller Anderson
Bronze: USA Sammy Lee

Summary

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.\n\nHarlan 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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
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
4 Joaquín Capilla 19 Mexico MEX 141.79
5 Raymond Mulinghausen 27 France FRA 126.55
6 Svante Johansson 21 Sweden SWE 120.20
7 Kamal Ali Hassan 24 Egypt EGY 119.90
8 Thomas Christiansen 28 Denmark DEN 114.59
9 George Athans 27 Canada CAN 114.13
10 Frank Gosling 30 Bermuda BER 113.98
11 Milton Busin 21 Brazil BRA 113.86
12 Franz Worisch 22 Austria AUT 112.15
13 Peter Heatly 24 Great Britain GBR 111.73
14 Roger Heinkelé 35 France FRA 110.78
15 Ismael Ahmed Ramzi 30 Egypt EGY 110.18
16 David Norris Australia AUS 109.67
17 Diego Mariscal 22 Mexico MEX 107.78
18 Charles Johnson Great Britain GBR 105.32
19 Wilhelm Lippa 25 Austria AUT 103.18
20 Guy Hernandez France FRA 102.89
21 Gunnar Kemnitz 20 Brazil BRA 102.22
22 Mohamed Ibrahim Egypt EGY 97.52
23 Peter Elliott 18 Great Britain GBR 91.23
24 José Castillo 37 Cuba CUB 84.81
25 Ernst Strupler 29 Switzerland SUI 80.09
26 Günther Mund Chile CHI 68.08
AC/DNF Eddie Heron Ireland IRL