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Diving at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Platform

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 24, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: ITA Klaus Dibiasi
Silver: MEX Álvaro Gaxiola
Bronze: USA Win Young

Summary

Except for 1912 this event had always been won by an American at the Olympics, but in 1968 the favorite was Italian Klaus Dibiasi, the 1964 silver medalist and 1966 European Champion. Dibiasi did not disappoint, taking an early lead, holding it through qualifying, and increasing it in the final round for an easy gold medal. Dibiasi would repeat this title in 1972 and 1976 for a three-peat and was considered the greatest platform diver ever, although Greg Louganis would later challenge that assessment.

The silver medal went to Mexican diver Álvaro Gaxiola who had the support of the hometown fans. After his next-to-last dive, he was awarded 16.10 points and the Mexican fans starting booing and whistling, holding up the competition for 20 minutes with their antics. The next diver was American Keith Russell, who was in second place after eight dives, but he had to stand there and wait for the crowd to die down, and then performed his worst dive of the event, which cost him a medal. The bronze medal went to Russell’s teammate Win Young, who had won gold in this event at the 1967 Pan American Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Klaus Dibiasi 21 Italy ITA Gold 164.18
2 Álvaro Gaxiola 31 Mexico MEX Silver 154.49
3 Win Young 21 United States USA Bronze 153.93
4 Keith Russell 20 United States USA 152.34
5 José Robinson 23 Mexico MEX 143.62
6 Lothar Matthes 21 East Germany GDR 141.75
7 Luis Niño 22 Mexico MEX 141.16
8 Franco Cagnotto 21 Italy ITA 138.89
9 Mikhail Safonov 21 Soviet Union URS 138.77
10 Vladimir Vasin 21 Soviet Union URS 138.40
11 Tord Andersson 26 Sweden SWE 131.21
12 Bernd Wucherpfennig 27 West Germany FRG 129.49
13 Włodzimierz Mejsak 23 Poland POL 89.41
14 Karlheinz Schwemmer 25 West Germany FRG 89.00
15 Don Wagstaff 19 Australia AUS 88.99
16 Viktor Pogozhev 27 Soviet Union URS 86.89
17 Rick Gilbert 25 United States USA 86.70
18 Klaus Konzorr 28 West Germany FRG 86.69
19 Waguih Aboul Seoud 22 Egypt EGY 85.89
20 Rolf Sperling 28 East Germany GDR 85.81
21 Jakub Puchow 20 Poland POL 85.14
22 Jerzy Kowalewski 24 Poland POL 85.08
23 Junji Yuasa 24 Japan JPN 84.10
24 Toshio Otsubo 25 Japan JPN 83.18
25 Bob Eaton 16 Canada CAN 82.09
26 Yosuke Arimitsu 24 Japan JPN 81.72
27 Robin Baskerville 18 Great Britain GBR 81.23
28 David Priestley 22 Great Britain GBR 80.30
29 José Luis Ponce 19 Cuba CUB 80.02
30 Alberto Moreno 18 Cuba CUB 78.28
31 Song Jae-Ung 23 South Korea KOR 77.30
32 Diego Henao 21 Colombia COL 74.09
33 Kenneth Sully 17 Canada CAN 65.41
34 Jerry Anderson 36 Puerto Rico PUR 65.14
35 Héctor Bas 17 Puerto Rico PUR 47.97