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Diving at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Women's Springboard

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming and Diving Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 3, 1956
Date Finished: December 4, 1956
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: USA Pat McCormick
Silver: USA Jeanne Stunyo
Bronze: CAN Irene MacDonald

Summary

Pat McCormick was the defending champion in both women’s diving events and she came through to again win gold on both the springboard and platform, completing a diving double-double. She won this event easily, leading the qualifying, and with a huge margin in the final round. Silver medalist Jeanne Stunyo had just missed making the 1952 US Olympic team when she placed fourth at the trials. She had also won a silver medal in springboard at the 1955 Pan American Games, finishing behind McCormick there as well. Bronze medalist [Irene McDonald] won the first Olympic diving medal ever for Canada, after having won bronze in the event at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. It would be another 28 years before Sylvie Bernier won Canada’s second medal in diving, a gold in this event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Pat McCormick 26 United States USA Gold 142.36
2 Jeanne Stunyo 20 United States USA Silver 125.89
3 Irene MacDonald 23 Canada CAN Bronze 121.40
4 Barbara Gilders 19 United States USA 120.76
5 Valentina Chumicheva 25 Soviet Union URS 118.50
6 Ann Long 20 Great Britain GBR 107.61
7 Nicole Péllissard-Darrigrand 25 France FRA 106.32
8 Kanoko Tsutani-Mabuchi 18 Japan JPN 103.12
9 Birte Christoffersen-Hanson 32 Sweden SWE 102.19
10 Ninel Krutova 30 Soviet Union URS 100.34
11 Zoya Blyuvas Soviet Union URS 98.15
12 Anna-Stina Wahlberg-Baidinger 25 Sweden SWE 97.29
13 Barbara MacAulay Australia AUS 60.19
14 Charmain Welsh 19 Great Britain GBR 59.45
15 Rosalyn Barton 17 Australia AUS 58.50
16 Hatsuko Hirose-Kawai 19 Japan JPN 56.02
17 Pat Howard Australia AUS 53.89
AC Lilo Mund Chile CHI DNF