Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming and Diving Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 6, 1956
Date Finished: December 7, 1956
Format: 10 metre platform.
|Bronze:||Paula Jean Myers-Pope|
The Americans swept the medals with the same threesome that had swept the medals in 1952. Pat McCormick won gold to complete her double-double, winning springboard and platform in both 1952 and 1956. The silver medal in Melbourne went to [Juno Irwin], while [Paula Jean Myers] won bronze, as they reversed their positions from Helsinki. The event was closer than expected as Myers led the qualifying round of four dives, with McCormick only fourth, 1.68 points behind Myers. The final consisted of two optional dives, and McCormick posted the best score on each dive to win her fourth gold medal. This was the last medal sweep in women’s diving at the Olympics, and under current rules, it cannot occur again, as each nation is now limited to only two divers per event.
|1||Pat McCormick||26||United States||USA||Gold||84.85|
|2||Juno Stover-Irwin||28||United States||USA||Silver||81.64|
|3||Paula Jean Myers-Pope||22||United States||USA||Bronze||81.58|
|5||Tatyana Vereina-Karakashiyants||30||Soviet Union||URS||76.95|
|6||Lyubov Zhigalova||Soviet Union||URS||76.40|
|7||Ann Long||20||Great Britain||GBR||76.15|
|9||Raïsa Horokhovska||24||Soviet Union||URS||73.84|
|12||Charmain Welsh||19||Great Britain||GBR||69.05|