Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 27, 1960
Date Finished: August 29, 1960
Format: 3 metre springboard.
The favorite in the event was Gary Tobian, who had won the 1959 Pan American Games gold medal, was a six-time US champion on springboard, and had won silver on platform at the 1956 Olympics. Tobian repeated his platform silver in Roma, but pulled through to win gold in this event. He actually trailed his teammate Sam Hall in the first round and semi-finals, but Hall faltered on the first dive of the final, and Tobian posted the best score on the second final dive to take the lead, which he held to the end. Hall would later achieve some infamy in 1986 when he was arrested as a mercenary during the Nicaragua Contra operations. He had previously been a politician and served in the Ohio House of Representatives.
|1||Gary Tobian||25||United States||USA||Gold||170.00|
|2||Sam Hall||23||United States||USA||Silver||167.08|
|12||Yury Melnikov||20||Soviet Union||URS||91.86|
|17||Vyacheslav Chernyshov||22||Soviet Union||URS||50.87|
|20||Peter Squires||24||Great Britain||GBR||50.23|
|26||Keith Collin||23||Great Britain||GBR||46.10|
|28||Ahmed Moharran||United Arab Republic||UAR||42.98|
|32||Ali Mohamed Muheeb||United Arab Republic||UAR||35.79|