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Diving at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Platform

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 26, 1976
Date Finished: July 27, 1976
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: ITA Klaus Dibiasi
Silver: USA Greg Louganis
Bronze: URS Vladimir Aleynik

Summary

The past met the future in this event and the past won. Klaus Dibiasi had won a silver medal on platform at the 1964 Olympics, and then won this event in 1968 and 1972. He was back trying to become the first diver ever to three-peat in an event, and he did so. The silver medal went to young American Greg Louganis, a 16-year-old of Samoan descent. Dibiasi was World Champion on platform in 1973 and 1975, while Louganis would win that event in 1978, 1982, and 1986. He would also win the Olympic platform gold medal in 1984 and 1988, having been denied in 1980 by the USA-led boycott. To this time Dibiasi was considered the greatest platform diver ever, but Louganis, who also won two World and Olympic titles on springboard, would end his career after the 1988 Olympics considered the greatest diver ever.

Louganis actually led the final after the third dive, on which he performed a reverse pike dive and earned a 10.0 from the Canadian judge. But Dibiasi went ahead on the fourth dive, a 1½ triple twister, and was never headed. He also received a 10 on his final dive, a forward 3½ sommie.

Placing ninth was Soviet Sergey Nemtsanov who then disappeared from the Olympic Village. Soviet officials claimed he had been abducted but he was eventually brought back to the Soviet contingent and dove again at the 1980 Olympics, placing seventh in Moscow.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Klaus Dibiasi 28 Italy ITA Gold
2 Greg Louganis 16 United States USA Silver
3 Vladimir Aleynik 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Kent Vosler 20 United States USA
5 Tim Moore 22 United States USA
6 Falk Hoffmann 23 East Germany GDR
7 Davit Hambardzumyan 20 Soviet Union URS
8 Carlos Girón 21 Mexico MEX
9 QR Sergey Nemtsanov 17 Soviet Union URS
10 QR Dieter Waskow 19 East Germany GDR
11 QR Frank Taubert 20 East Germany GDR
12 QR Niki Stajkovic 17 Austria AUT
13 QR Claudio De Miro 19 Italy ITA
14 QR Ken Armstrong 22 Canada CAN
15 QR Don Wagstaff 26 Australia AUS
16 QR Yoshino Nishide 21 Japan JPN
17 QR Scott Cranham 21 Canada CAN
18 QR Dieter Dörr 19 West Germany FRG
19 QR Ricardo Velarde 22 Mexico MEX
20 QR Joël Suty 16 France FRA
21 QR Milton Braga 22 Brazil BRA
22 QR Glen Grout 34 Canada CAN
23 QR Martyn Brown 23 Great Britain GBR
24 QR Steve Foley 19 Australia AUS
25 QR Nelson Suárez 19 Ecuador ECU