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Women's Platform

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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 9, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 1984
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: CHN Zhou Jihong
Silver: USA Michele Mitchell
Bronze: USA Wendy Wyland

Summary

Chen Xiaoxia was considered China’s best in this event, but she had had trouble with nerves, missing the medals at the 1982 World Championships. At that event Zhou Jihong had won a bronze medal, as the gold went to American Wendy Wyland, who also won at the 1983 Pan American Games. Zhou had won the 1983 FINA World Cup.\n\nChen led the finals through five dives, but on her sixth dive, a forward 3½ pike with the highest degree-of-difficulty of any dive in the event, she faltered and dropped back to third. Chen would continue to struggle and drop out of the medals to place fourth. Zhou took the lead in the sixth round with a back 2½ pike and was never headed winning the gold medal, for which she virtually apologized, “I think that I performed to my potential, but unfortunately my teammate did not. She normally would have done better than me." Silver went to American Michele Mitchell, who had surprisingly won the US Olympic Trials, while Wyland earned the bronze. Mitchell would return in 1988 to repeat her silver medal, and in 1987 was Pan American champion on the platform.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zhou Jihong 19 China CHN Gold
2 Michele Mitchell 22 United States USA Silver
3 Wendy Wyland 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Chen Xiaoxia 21 China CHN
5 Valerie McFarlane-Beddoe 23 Australia AUS
6 Debbie Fuller 18 Canada CAN
7 Elsa Tenorio 21 Mexico MEX
8 Guadalupe Canseco 22 Mexico MEX
9 Yoshino Mabuchi 18 Japan JPN
10 Julie Kent 19 Australia AUS
11 Kerstin Finke 18 West Germany FRG
12 Tine Tollan 19 Norway NOR
13 QR Angela Ribeiro 22 Brazil BRA
14 QR Marianne Weinås 21 Sweden SWE
15 QR Verónica Ribot 22 Argentina ARG
16 QR Elke Heinrichs 19 West Germany FRG
17 QR Kathy Kelemen 18 Canada CAN
18 QR Carolyn Roscoe 17 Great Britain GBR
19 QR Lindsey Fraser 26 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Nicole Kreil 18 Austria AUT
21 QR Rim Hassan 15 Egypt EGY