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Diving at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Springboard

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 30, 1996
Date Finished: July 31, 1996
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: CHN Fu Mingxia
Silver: RUS Irina Lashko
Bronze: CAN Annie Pelletier

Summary

Fu Mingxia had won the 1992 platform gold medal but since Barcelona, had added springboard training in an attempt to win the diving double in 1996 for the first time by a woman since [Ingrid Krämer] in 1960. She had already won the platform in Atlanta, so she needed this for the double. Her biggest challenge was expected to come from her teammate, Tan Shuping, the 1994 World Champion. But Tan almost belly-flopped her third dive in qualifying, and when her last dive was also done poorly, she had placed 23rd and did not even make the semis.\n\nRussian Vera Ilyina led the qualifiers and after the semi-finals, with Fu only in fourth place. But Fu’s DD on her final dives enabled her to move ahead and win the diving double. Ilyina dove terribly in the final round, with only the 10th best final round scores, dropping down to seventh place overall. The silver medal went to Irina Lashko, which she had also won in 1992. The bronze medal went to Canada’s Annie Pelletier, who was third in the event at the 1994 Worlds, won both springboards (1- and 3-metre) at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, and won the springboard at the 1995 Pan American Games. This shutout the Americans from the podium for the second consecutive Olympics, after they had dominated the sport through 1984.\n\nLashko was good at finishing second in major internationals on springboard. She did so at the 1990 Goodwill Games, the 1991 World Championships, the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and the 1987, 1989, and 1993World Cups. She could be excused slightly in Atlanta, however, as she only returned to diving in 1995 after giving birth to a daughter in 1994.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Fu Mingxia 17 China CHN Gold 547.68
2 Irina Lashko 23 Russia RUS Silver 512.19
3 Annie Pelletier 22 Canada CAN Bronze 509.64
4 Melisa Moses 24 United States USA 507.99
5 Olena Zhupina 22 Ukraine UKR 507.27
6 Yuki Motobuchi 27 Japan JPN 506.04
7 Vera Ilyina 22 Russia RUS 493.56
8 Anna Lindberg 14 Sweden SWE 489.81
9 Jenny Keim 18 United States USA 486.63
10 Irina Vyguzova 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 475.92
11 Claudia Bockner 24 Germany GER 455.70
12 Iryna Pissareva 22 Ukraine UKR 448.02
13 María José Alcalá 24 Mexico MEX 450.63
14 Svetlana Alekseyeva 26 Belarus BLR 446.64
15 Jodie Rogers 26 Australia AUS 446.37
16 Simona Koch 28 Germany GER 444.90
17 María Elena Romero 23 Mexico MEX 440.19
18 Yelena Ivanova 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 422.70
19 Loudy Tourky-Wiggins 17 Australia AUS 229.11
20 Arusyak Gyulbudaghyan 17 Armenia ARM 228.72
21 Eryn Bulmer 19 Canada CAN 226.74
22 Ri Ok-Rim 18 North Korea PRK 219.63
23 Tan Shuping 18 China CHN 212.49
24 Francesca D'Oriano 20 Italy ITA 208.77
25 Orsolya Pintér 20 Hungary HUN 206.52
26 Julia Cruz 27 Spain ESP 205.32
27 Vivian Alberty 23 Puerto Rico PUR 195.18
28 Nino Qazarashvili 16 Georgia GEO 191.49
29 Nataliya Shlyomova 18 Tajikistan TJK 180.54
30 Daphne Hernández 20 Costa Rica CRC 151.11