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Diving at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Springboard

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 12, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: USA Ken Sitzberger
Silver: USA Frank Gorman
Bronze: USA Larry Andreasen

Summary

American Frank Gorman led this competition for the first eight dives, trailed at that point by his teammates Ken Sitzberger and Larry Andreasen. But Gorman’s ninth dive was a 2½ somersault tuck and he failed badly, scoring only 10.08 points to drop behind Sitzerberger. Andreasen also stumbled on his penultimate dive, but remained in third place. Sitzberger cemented the gold medal on his final effort, a back 1½ with 2½ twists. Gorman and Andreasen held on to finish second and third, respectively, as the Americans swept the medals, the last medal sweep in diving at the Olympics. Since 1984 only two divers are allowed per event, so this can no longer happen.

Japan’s Shunsuke Kaneto hit the springboard hard on his seventh (and final) dive, a 1½ with 1½ twists, sustaining an injured jaw, and was rushed to the hospital after being pulled from the water by Andreasen. But he was able to return and dive on platform a few days later.

Gorman was a Naval officer in 1964 but later went into investment banking. Life would not be so sweet for Sitzberger or Andreasen. It started out well for Sitzberger, who married Jeanne Collier, the 1964 women’s springboard silver medalist, but he died from a head injury after an altercation at a party. It was later revealed that he was soon to be a federal witness in a cocaine-trafficking investigation, and questions were raised about the circumstances of his death, but it was eventually ruled to be an accident.

In the 1980s Andreasen became obsessed with jumping off high bridges, diving 160 feet off the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, California. He then made several attempts to dive off the West Tower of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles Harbour, from a height of 385 feet, but was usually pulled off the bridge by authorities. However, on 26 October 1990 he attempted the dive, only to die from the injuries he sustained.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Ken Sitzberger 19 United States USA Gold 159.90
2 Frank Gorman 26 United States USA Silver 157.63
3 Larry Andreasen 18 United States USA Bronze 143.77
4 Hans-Dieter Pophal 26 Germany GER 142.58
5 Göran Lundqvist 23 Sweden SWE 138.65
6 Boris P'oluliakhi 26 Soviet Union URS 138.64
7 Mikhail Safonov 17 Soviet Union URS 134.00
8 Vladimir Vasin 17 Soviet Union URS 133.48
9 John Candler 24 Great Britain GBR 90.69
10 Franco Cagnotto 17 Italy ITA 89.54
11 Tadao Tosa 22 Japan JPN 89.10
12 Luis Niño 18 Mexico MEX 87.87
13 Klaus Dibiasi 17 Italy ITA 87.68
14 Rolf Sperling 24 Germany GER 86.98
15 Álvaro Gaxiola 27 Mexico MEX 85.78
16 Kurt Mrkwicka 27 Austria AUT 85.72
17 Horst Rosenfeldt 24 Germany GER 85.66
18 Tom Dinsley 23 Canada CAN 83.02
19 José Robinson 19 Mexico MEX 82.42
20 Pentti Koskinen 21 Finland FIN 82.00
21 Toshio Yamano 27 Japan JPN 81.74
22 Jerry Anderson 32 Puerto Rico PUR 81.07
23 Song Jae-Ung 19 South Korea KOR 75.10
24 Shunsuke Kaneto 24 Japan JPN 71.59
25 Ansuya Prasad 28 India IND 69.04
26 Manucher Fasihi 24 Iran IRI 67.20
27 Terry Rossiter 20 Zimbabwe ZIM 61.06