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Diving at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Springboard

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 24, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: CHN Gao Min
Silver: CHN Li Qing
Bronze: USA Kelly McCormick

Summary

American women had dominated diving from 1920 through the 1976 Olympics. But by 1988 the world’s best divers were the Chinese. Gao Min was the favorite in this event, having won the 1986 World Championships. By Seoul she was the only woman to have scored 600 points on springboard, which she had done three times. She was unable to get that total at the 1988 Olympics, as the judges were scoring rather low, but her 580.23 won the title by 45.90 points over her countrywoman, Li Qing, who made her only Olympic appearance in this event. The bronze medal went to American Kelly McCormick, the 1984 silver medalist, whose mother, Pat McCormick, had won the original diving double-double in 1952-56. Nicknamed the “Diving Queen,” Gao would retire as the greatest springboard diver ever among women to that time. She really never lost at the major international level, adding a second Olympic gold in 1992. At the World Championships she won the 3-metre event in 1986 and 1991 and the 1-metre in 1991. She won both boards at the 1990 Goodwill Games and Asian Games, and won three World Cup titles, in 1987 on the 3-metre, and in 1989 on both boards.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gao Min 18 China CHN Gold
2 Li Qing 15 China CHN Silver
3 Kelly McCormick 28 United States USA Bronze
4 Irina Lashko 15 Soviet Union URS
5 Marina Babkova 18 Soviet Union URS
6 Wendy Lucero 25 United States USA
7 Brita Baldus 23 East Germany GDR
8 Daphne Jongejans 23 Netherlands NED
9 Debbie Fuller 22 Canada CAN
10 Jenny Donnet 25 Australia AUS
11 Barbara Bush 24 Canada CAN
12 Tracy Cox-Smyth 22 Zimbabwe ZIM
13 QR Anita Rossing-Brown 27 Sweden SWE
14 QR Verónica Ribot 26 Argentina ARG
15 QR Yuki Motobuchi 19 Japan JPN
16 QR Beatrice Bürki 23 Switzerland SUI
17 QR Anke Mühlbauer 20 West Germany FRG
18 QR Carolyn Roscoe 22 Great Britain GBR
19 QR Angela Ribeiro 26 Brazil BRA
20 QR María José Alcalá 16 Mexico MEX
21 QR Masako Asada 17 Japan JPN
22 QR Katalin Haász 21 Hungary HUN
23 QR Elke Heinrichs 24 West Germany FRG
24 QR Kim Eun-Hui 15 South Korea KOR
25 QR Ágnes Gerlach 20 Hungary HUN
26 QR Naomi Bishop 21 Great Britain GBR
27 QR Lori Roberts 20 Bahamas BAH