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Women's Platform

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 27, 1996
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: CHN Fu Mingxia
Silver: GER Annika Walter
Bronze: USA Mary Ellen Clark

Summary

Fu Mingxia was the clear favorite, having won the event in 1992 and the World title in both 1991 and 1994. Barring her falling apart, the only suspense was in who would win the other medals. In the end, Fu won the platform gold easily, leading after the qualifying and the semis, with a margin of over 42 points over German Annika Walter. Walter was a big surprise, although she had been World and European Junior Champion in 1991, but even she didn’t expect a medal, stating, “I didn't really expect a silver medal. I didn't think I would win any medal or even get in the top five, so this is incredible.” A few days later Fu would win the springboard, completing the first women’s Olympic diving double since [Ingrid Krämer] in 1960. In 2000 she won two golds, one on springboard and one in the synchronized springboard, ending her Olympic career with four gold medals and one silver. The bronze went to American Mary Ellen Clark, who had fought vertigo for the past few years, a devastating problem for divers. In 1996 she was 33-years-old and her medal made her the second oldest female diving medalist at the Olympics, only a few months younger than Ninel Krutova (URS), who also won a bronze in this event, in 1960.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Fu Mingxia 17 China CHN Gold 521.58
2 Annika Walter 21 Germany GER Silver 479.22
3 Mary Ellen Clark 33 United States USA Bronze 472.95
4 Becky Ruehl 18 United States USA 455.19
5 Guo Jingjing 14 China CHN 447.21
6 Olena Zhupina 22 Ukraine UKR 437.01
7 Irina Vyguzova 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 432.60
8 Olga Khristoforova 16 Russia RUS 426.12
9 Hayley Allen 21 Great Britain GBR 418.11
10 Clara Elena Ciocan 17 Romania ROU 413.46
11 Anja Richter-Libiseller 18 Austria AUT 408.45
12 Ute Wetzig 25 Germany GER 367.35
13 Choe Myong-Hwa 20 North Korea PRK 409.35
14 Svitlana Serbina 16 Ukraine UKR 409.11
15 Nataliya Chikina 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 405.78
16 Radoslava Georgieva 20 Bulgaria BUL 402.54
17 María José Alcalá 24 Mexico MEX 400.35
18 Lesley Ward 26 Great Britain GBR 395.97
19 Vyninka Arlow 22 Australia AUS 243.57
20 Svetlana Timoshinina 23 Russia RUS 242.76
21 Paige Gordon 23 Canada CAN 242.13
22 Anişoara Oprea 19 Romania ROU 233.34
23 Ri Ok-Rim 18 North Korea PRK 230.16
24 Anne Montminy 21 Canada CAN 229.32
25 Vanessa Baker 22 Australia AUS 225.84
26 Daphne Hernández 20 Costa Rica CRC 217.77
27 María Dolores Sáez de Ibarra 17 Spain ESP 216.36
28 Francesca D'Oriano 20 Italy ITA 202.86
29 Julie Danaux 20 France FRA 201.27
30 Ana Carolina Itzaina 17 Uruguay URU 191.40
31 Im Yun-Ji 15 South Korea KOR 180.15
32 Kim Yeo-Yeong 17 South Korea KOR 166.56
33 Sukrutai Tommaoros 14 Thailand THA 115.44