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Men's Springboard

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 28, 1996
Date Finished: July 29, 1996
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: CHN Xiong Ni
Silver: CHN Yu Zhuocheng
Bronze: USA Mark Lenzi

Summary

Xiong Ni already had two Olympic diving medals on platform, a silver in 1988 and a bronze in 1992. But because of injuries he switched to springboard in 1994. But the favorite in 1996 was his teammate, Yu Zhuocheng, the 1994 World Champion. Xiong led, however, in the qualifying round and through the semi-finals. But after the fourth and fifth dive in the final, he trailed Yu. Yu and 1992 champion Mark Lenzi dove early on the final round of dives and Xiong came to his inward 3½ tuck knowing he needed 7½s to win gold. He performed the dive well, receiving 8.5s and 9s to win the gold medal by 11 points over Yu, with Lenzi adding another medal, a bronze.

Xiong would return in 2000 and repeat his gold medal, also adding a gold in synchro springboard. This was the only Olympic appearance for Yu and the final one for Lenzi, who retired from competition after Atlanta and later became a diving coach at East Carolina University.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Xiong Ni 22 China CHN Gold 701.46
2 Yu Zhuocheng 20 China CHN Silver 690.93
3 Mark Lenzi 28 United States USA Bronze 686.49
4 Scott Donie 27 United States USA 666.93
5 Dmitry Sautin 22 Russia RUS 644.67
6 Michael Murphy 22 Australia AUS 640.95
7 Jan Hempel 24 Germany GER 622.32
8 Fernando Platas 23 Mexico MEX 619.98
9 Valery Statsenko 27 Russia RUS 597.69
10 Andrey Semenyuk 25 Belarus BLR 595.56
11 Roman Volodkov 22 Ukraine UKR 593.13
12 Andreas Wels 21 Germany GER 583.56
13 Evan Stewart 21 Zimbabwe ZIM 567.96
14 Richard Frece 20 Austria AUT 563.64
15 Davide Lorenzini 26 Italy ITA 559.35
16 Philippe Comtois 19 Canada CAN 551.28
17 Imre Lengyel 19 Hungary HUN 551.25
18 Tony Ali-Ally 22 Great Britain GBR 548.79
19 David Bédard 30 Canada CAN 342.33
20 Jimmy Sjödin 18 Sweden SWE 339.93
21 Vyacheslav Khamulkin 24 Belarus BLR 331.86
22 Joakim Andersson 24 Sweden SWE 331.83
23 Maksym Lapyn 20 Ukraine UKR 328.23
24 Bob Morgan 29 Great Britain GBR 318.69
25 Dario di Fazio 29 Venezuela VEN 317.04
26 Nikolaos Siranidis 20 Greece GRE 316.50
27 Tony Iglesias 23 Bolivia BOL 307.83
28 Russell Butler 28 Australia AUS 305.79
29 Ramon Sandin 26 Puerto Rico PUR 302.55
30 Joel Rodríguez 22 Mexico MEX 296.91
31 José Miguel Gil 25 Spain ESP 295.47
32 Lee Jong-Hwa 22 South Korea KOR 293.52
33 Ali Al-Hasan 23 Kuwait KUW 272.40
34 Suchat Pichi 17 Thailand THA 257.13
35 Janaka Biyanwila 31 Sri Lanka SRI 247.44
36 Rafael Álvarez 24 Spain ESP 208.83
37 Chen Han-Hung 19 Chinese Taipei TPE 194.13
38 Siniša Žugić 26 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 181.17
39 Sergey Orin 17 Tajikistan TJK 162.66