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Diving at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Springboard

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming and Diving Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 30, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: USA Bob Clotworthy
Silver: USA Don Harper
Bronze: MEX Joaquín Capilla

Summary

Bob Clotworthy had been the bronze medalist on springboard in 1952, and returned in 1956 to win the gold medal. He actually placed second in the qualifying round to Mexican Joaquín Capilla, who won gold on the platform in 1956, but Clotworthy improved in the final round, easily outperforming Capilla who dropped down to a bronze medal. The best score in the final round was posted by American Don Harper, who had been only fifth in qualifying, but moved up to the silver medal. Harper had been a gold medalist in the 1955 Pan American Games, but in another sport, earning his gold in gymnastics on the trampoline.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Bob Clotworthy 25 United States USA Gold 159.56
2 Don Harper 24 United States USA Silver 156.23
3 Joaquín Capilla 27 Mexico MEX Bronze 150.69
4 Glen Whitten 20 United States USA 148.55
5 Gennady Udalov Soviet Union URS 140.64
6 Roman Brener 24 Soviet Union URS 139.14
7 Günther Mund Chile CHI 137.53
8 József Gerlach 18 Hungary HUN 136.08
9 Yury Kasakov Soviet Union URS 129.34
10 Bill Patrick 24 Canada CAN 127.32
11 Juan Botella 15 Mexico MEX 127.32
12 Yutaka Baba 22 Japan JPN 126.87
13 Ferenc Siák 23 Hungary HUN 74.60
14 Christian Pire 26 France FRA 74.33
15 Helge Vasenius 29 Finland FIN 73.82
16 Peter Tarsey 19 Great Britain GBR 72.65
17 Arthur Winther Australia AUS 71.04
18 Ryo Mabuchi 23 Japan JPN 70.82
19 Joseph McCann 31 Australia AUS 69.18
20 Ron Faulds 34 Australia AUS 68.84
21 Raymond Cann 18 Great Britain GBR 67.96
22 Yoav Ra'anan 28 Israel ISR 65.14
23 Fernando Ribeiro 18 Brazil BRA 62.07
24 Roy Walsh 20 Great Britain GBR 58.21