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Diving at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's Platform

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 24, 1976
Date Finished: July 25, 1976
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: URS Yelena Vaytsekhovskaya
Silver: SWE Ulrika Knape
Bronze: USA Debbie Wilson

Summary

Sweden’s Ulrika Knape was the defending champion and had won the 1973 World Championships. Another favorite was American Janet Ely, the 1975 World Champion, an event in which Knape had placed third. The first surprise occurred when Ely placed ninth in qualifying and did not make the final. In the final Knape led after four dives, while Soviet Irina Kalinina, the 1975 World Championship runner-up, moved ahead after five dives. But on the sixth dive, Kalinina’s teammate, the completely unknown Yelena Vaytsekhovskaya nailed her back 2½ pike and moved into the lead. She was never headed and won a very surprise gold medal. Knape placed second, adding silver to her 1972 gold, while the bronze went to American Debbie Wilson, who had won the US Olympic Trials. Knape was only fourth going into the final dive but her inward 2½ earned her 63.18 points to move up to second.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yelena Vaytsekhovskaya 18 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Ulrika Knape 21 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Debbie Wilson 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Irina Kalinina 17 Soviet Union URS
5 Cindy Shatto 19 Canada CAN
6 Teri York 20 Canada CAN
7 Melissa Briley 19 United States USA
8 Heidi Becker-Ramlow 21 East Germany GDR
9 QR Janet Ely 22 United States USA
10 QR Rikiko Yamanaka 20 Japan JPN
11 QR Karin Guthke 19 East Germany GDR
12 QR Tetiana Shtyreva-Volynkina 21 Soviet Union URS
13 QR Déborah Weil 18 Mexico MEX
14 QR Tammy MacLeod 19 Canada CAN
15 QR Fusako Kakumaru 18 Japan JPN
16 QR Renate Piotraschke 16 West Germany FRG
17 QR Ursula Sapp-Möckel 24 West Germany FRG
18 QR Madeleine Barnett 29 Australia AUS
19 QR Carmen Casteiner 21 Italy ITA
20 QR Elizabeth Jack 18 Australia AUS
21 QR Kerstin Krause 17 East Germany GDR
22 QR Milena Duchková 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
23 QR Susanne Wetteskog 18 Sweden SWE
24 QR Brigitte Duda 15 Austria AUT
25 QR Norma Baraldi 21 Mexico MEX