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Diving at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Platform

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Municipal Pool, Barcelona
Date Started: July 26, 1992
Date Finished: July 27, 1992
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: CHN Fu Mingxia
Silver: EUN Yelena Miroshina
Bronze: USA Mary Ellen Clark

Summary

China’s Fu Mingxia had won the 1990 Asian Games and Goodwill Games before her 12th birthday. She then won the 1991 World Championships on platform. She was so young that the diving authorities changed the rules requiring divers to be 14-years-old during the Olympic year in order to compete. She made that, turning 14-years-old only 20 days after the Olympic platform final. Fu was unchallenged in Barcelona, winning both the qualifying and final rounds by huge margins. She was helped by her optional dives, all of which had a degree of difficulty of 3.0 or higher, with two at 3.2 and one at 3.3. She clinched the title on her penultimate dive, a back 3½ tuck (3.3), scoring 8s and 8.5s to move well ahead of her teammate, Zhu Jinhong. But on the final dive, Zhu missed badly on an inward 3½ tuck, dropping out of the medals, which went to Yelena Miroshina (EUN-silver) and Mary Ellen Clark (USA-bronze).

Clark was the second-oldest competitor in the event and was second after six dives, but then blew an inward 3½ tuck. She would return in 1996 to repeat her bronze medal performance, overcoming difficulty with vertigo. Fu would return to Atlanta and win both diving events, adding a fourth gold medal in the 2000 springboard, and a silver in synchronized springboard. She would also repeat as World Champion on the platform in 1994.

Silver medalist Miroshina never competed internationally after Barcelona. On 18 December 1995 she died after a fall out of her ninth-floor apartment in Moscow, at only 21-years-old. The details are murky, as it is uncertain if this was a suicide or she fell or was pushed.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fu Mingxia 13 China CHN Gold
2 Yelena Miroshina 18 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 Mary Ellen Clark 29 United States USA Bronze
4 Zhu Jinhong 15 China CHN
5 Inha Afonina 22 Unified Team EUN
6 María José Alcalá 20 Mexico MEX
7 Ellen Owen 29 United States USA
8 Verónica Ribot 30 Argentina ARG
9 Ioana Voicu 20 Romania ROU
10 Vyninka Arlow 18 Australia AUS
11 April Adams 19 Australia AUS
12 Hayley Allen 17 Great Britain GBR
13 QR Macarena Alexanderson 20 Mexico MEX
14 QR Ute Wetzig 21 Germany GER
15 QR Clara Elena Ciocan 13 Romania ROU
16 QR Paige Gordon 19 Canada CAN
17 QR Anne Montminy 17 Canada CAN
18 QR Kim Chun-Ok 19 North Korea PRK
19 QR Luisella Bisello 24 Italy ITA
20 QR Monika Kühn 25 Germany GER
21 QR Ibolya Nagy 26 Hungary HUN
22 QR Yvonne Köstenberger 19 Switzerland SUI
23 QR Ryu Un-Sil 19 North Korea PRK
24 QR Tania Paterson 20 New Zealand NZL
25 QR Lesley Ward 22 Great Britain GBR
26 QR Yuki Motobuchi 23 Japan JPN
27 QR Brigitta Cserba 23 Hungary HUN
28 QR Silvana Neitzke 21 Brazil BRA