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Diving at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Platform

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming and Diving Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 5, 1956
Date Finished: December 6, 1956
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: MEX Joaquín Capilla
Silver: USA Gary Tobian
Bronze: USA Dick Connor

Summary

This was one of the closest international diving competitions ever. American Gary Tobian led Mexican Joaquín Capilla going into the final dive. They were the two favorites as Tobian was the top American and Capilla had improved at each Olympics on the platform, winning bronze in 1948 and silver in 1952. Capilla’s final dive was a forward 1½ somersault with two twists, and he performed it well to win the gold medal by 0.03 points over Tobian. But the American coaches were unhappy with the judging and protested the scores given to Capilla on the final dive. The protest went nowhere. American Dick Connor won the bronze medal after leading the qualifying round. Tobian would compete again in Rome, repeating his silver medal on the platform but winning the 1960 springboard gold medal. Capilla retired after the 1956 Olympics, completing a superb career that included double gold medals in the springboard and platform at both the 1951 and 1955 Pan American Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Joaquín Capilla 27 Mexico MEX Gold 152.44
2 Gary Tobian 21 United States USA Silver 152.41
3 Dick Connor 22 United States USA Bronze 149.79
4 József Gerlach 18 Hungary HUN 149.25
5 Roman Brener 24 Soviet Union URS 142.95
6 Willie Farrell 22 United States USA 139.12
7 Ferenc Siák 23 Hungary HUN 138.83
8 Mikhail Chachba Soviet Union URS 134.52
9 Alberto Capilla 29 Mexico MEX 132.74
10 Juan Botella 15 Mexico MEX 125.45
11 Yutaka Baba 22 Japan JPN 123.69
12 Ryo Mabuchi 23 Japan JPN 120.20
13 Gennady Galkin 22 Soviet Union URS 68.92
14 Peter Tarsey 19 Great Britain GBR 68.34
15 Bill Patrick 24 Canada CAN 67.71
16 Helge Vasenius 29 Finland FIN 66.63
17 Frank Murphy 28 Australia AUS 66.29
18 William Tully Australia AUS 65.49
19 Günther Mund Chile CHI 63.01
20 Roy Walsh 20 Great Britain GBR 62.56
21 Raymond Cann 18 Great Britain GBR 60.08
22 Barry Holmes 21 Australia AUS 58.01