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Diving at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Platform

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 16, 1964
Date Finished: October 18, 1964
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: USA Bob Webster
Silver: ITA Klaus Dibiasi
Bronze: USA Tom Gompf

Summary

Bob Webster was the defending champion but after 7 of 10 dives, he stood only in sixth place. But Webster scored big on his final three dives to defend his gold medal. The leader after seven dives had been an Italian teenager, Klaus Dibiasi, who did not falter, holding on to win the silver medal, but was simply outperformed by Webster on the last three dives. Dibiasi’s father, Carlo Dibiasi, had competed at the 1936 Olympics and trained him. Dibiasi would soon become known as the greatest platform diver ever, at least until Greg Louganis, as he would win the gold medal in this event at the next three Olympics, also adding World titles in 1973 and 1975.

Bronze medalist Tom Gompf was a Navy pilot in 1964 and later became a commercial pilot for Delta, Pan Am, and National Airlines. He became a sports administrator as well, helped found USA Diving in 1980, and promoted the concept of synchronized diving, being considered the father of that discipline.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Bob Webster 25 United States USA Gold 148.58
2 Klaus Dibiasi 17 Italy ITA Silver 147.54
3 Tom Gompf 25 United States USA Bronze 146.57
4 Roberto Madrigal 23 Mexico MEX 144.27
5 Viktor Palagin 19 Soviet Union URS 143.77
6 Brian Phelps 20 Great Britain GBR 143.18
7 Rolf Sperling 24 Germany GER 142.24
8 Toshio Otsubo 21 Japan JPN 142.05
9 Gerd Völker 22 Germany GER 91.62
10 Luis Niño 18 Mexico MEX 91.46
11 Shunsuke Kaneto 24 Japan JPN 91.31
12 Igor Lobanov 18 Soviet Union URS 91.22
13 Viktor Pogozhev 23 Soviet Union URS 90.73
14 Yosuke Arimitsu 20 Japan JPN 90.56
15 Klaus Konzorr 24 Germany GER 90.08
16 Tony Kitcher 23 Great Britain GBR 89.95
17 Kurt Mrkwicka 27 Austria AUT 89.10
18 Álvaro Gaxiola 27 Mexico MEX 87.07
19 Lou Vitucci 23 United States USA 86.40
20 Søren Svejstrup 26 Denmark DEN 85.36
21 József Dóra 23 Hungary HUN 84.62
22 Jo Chang-Je 21 South Korea KOR 84.02
23 Franco Cagnotto 17 Italy ITA 83.23
24 Tom Dinsley 23 Canada CAN 83.22
25 William Wood 18 Great Britain GBR 81.82
26 Song Jae-Ung 19 South Korea KOR 81.72
27 Jerry Anderson 32 Puerto Rico PUR 79.54
28 Terry Rossiter 20 Zimbabwe ZIM 79.23
29 Diego Henao 17 Colombia COL 76.91
30 Sohan Singh 28 India IND 74.18