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Diving at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's Springboard

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 18, 1968
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: USA Sue Gossick
Silver: URS Tamara Fedosova-Pogozheva-Safonova
Bronze: USA Keala O'Sullivan

Summary

Micki King led this competition for eight dives, but on her ninth dive, a reverse 1½ layout with 1½ twists, she hit the board with her forearm, fracturing it. This allowed Sue Gossick to take the lead and she held it on the final dive to win the gold medal. King took her final dive but with the injury scored very low and dropped out of the medals. The silver went to Soviet [Tamara Pogozheva], who had the best dive of the event, scoring 20.28 points on her final dive, a 1½ somersault with 1½ twists. Pogozheva might have challenged Gossick for the gold with that dive but she had also faltered on dive eight, a forward 2½ pike, which gave her only 10.80 points. Two-time defending champion [Ingrid Krämer], now Gulbin-Krämer, was back in México City, but placed only fifth, never really a factor for the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Sue Gossick 20 United States USA Gold 150.77
2 Tamara Fedosova-Pogozheva-Safonova 22 Soviet Union URS Silver 145.30
3 Keala O'Sullivan 17 United States USA Bronze 145.23
4 Micki King 24 United States USA 137.38
5 Ingrid Gulbin-Engel-Krämer 25 East Germany GDR 135.82
6 Vera Baklanova 21 Soviet Union URS 132.31
7 Beverly Boys 17 Canada CAN 130.31
8 Yelena Anokhina 21 Soviet Union URS 129.17
9 Angelika Hilbert 25 West Germany FRG 128.83
10 Milena Duchková 16 Czechoslovakia TCH 127.85
11 Elżbieta Wierniuk 17 Poland POL 122.42
12 Kathy Rowlatt 20 Great Britain GBR 122.16
13 Nancy Robertson 18 Canada CAN 82.21
14 Tarja Liljeström 22 Finland FIN 81.80
15 Robyn Bradshaw 19 Australia AUS 81.66
16 Eljo Kuiler 22 Netherlands NED 80.93
17 Bertha Baraldi 20 Mexico MEX 80.47
18 Mariët Dommers 20 Netherlands NED 79.32
19 Inge Pertmayr 21 Austria AUT 79.08
20 Bogusława Pietkiewicz 24 Poland POL 76.45
21 Park Jeong-Ja 19 South Korea KOR 73.53
22 Martha Manzano 15 Colombia COL 63.12