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Diving at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Springboard

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 7, 1984
Date Finished: August 8, 1984
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: USA Greg Louganis
Silver: CHN Tan Liangde
Bronze: USA Ron Merriott

Summary

Greg Louganis was the overwhelming favorite. He had won the 1982 World Championships and 1983 Pan American Games, been second at the 1978 Worlds, and only the 1980 US boycott had kept him from gold in Moscow. He had last been beaten on springboard at the 1981 US Sports Festival by David Burgering. He came into Los Angeles with the all-time high score on springboard of 755.49, which he had done at the 1983 USA International. He just missed that in Los Angeles, scoring 754.41 for the second-highest score ever as he won in a Secretariat-like victory by 92.10 points.

The silver medal went to China’s Tan Liangde. A springboard specialist, this would be his first of three consecutive Olympic silver medals in the event. The first great male Chinese diver, he was unfortunate in that he had to compete in the Louganis era. Louganis would return to defend his gold medal in Seoul, under much more dramatic circumstances.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Greg Louganis 24 United States USA Gold
2 Tan Liangde 19 China CHN Silver
3 Ron Merriott 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Li Hongping 21 China CHN
5 Chris Snode 25 Great Britain GBR
6 Piero Italiani 22 Italy ITA
7 Albin Killat 23 West Germany FRG
8 Steve Foley 27 Australia AUS
9 Jorge Mondragón 21 Mexico MEX
10 Dieter Dörr 27 West Germany FRG
11 Juha Ovaskainen 22 Finland FIN
12 Carlos Girón 29 Mexico MEX
13 QR Jon Grunde Vegard 26 Norway NOR
14 QR Randy Sageman 24 Canada CAN
15 QR Nigel Stanton 19 Great Britain GBR
16 QR Tom Lemaire 24 Belgium BEL
17 QR Ricardo Camacho 28 Spain ESP
18 QR Mark Graham 23 New Zealand NZL
19 QR Fernando Henderson Dominican Republic DOM
20 QR Reynaldo Castro 23 Dominican Republic DOM
21 QR Carlos Isturiz 24 Venezuela VEN
22 QR Gary Lamb 23 New Zealand NZL
23 QR Mike Mourant 22 Canada CAN
24 QR Andy Kwan 21 Hong Kong HKG
25 QR Isao Yamagishi 17 Japan JPN
26 QR Said Daw 24 Egypt EGY
27 QR Yang Wai Kam 20 Hong Kong HKG
28 QR Tamer Farid 15 Egypt EGY
29 QR Abdullah Abuqrais 25 Kuwait KUW
30 QR Majed Al-Taqi 14 Kuwait KUW