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.
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.
|1||Bob Webster||25||United States||USA||Gold||148.58|
|3||Tom Gompf||25||United States||USA||Bronze||146.57|
|5||Viktor Palagin||19||Soviet Union||URS||143.77|
|6||Brian Phelps||20||Great Britain||GBR||143.18|
|12||Igor Lobanov||18||Soviet Union||URS||91.22|
|13||Viktor Pogozhev||23||Soviet Union||URS||90.73|
|16||Tony Kitcher||23||Great Britain||GBR||89.95|
|19||Lou Vitucci||23||United States||USA||86.40|
|22||Jo Chang-Je||21||South Korea||KOR||84.02|
|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|