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Diving at the 1906 Athina Summer Games

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Date Started: April 27, 1906
Date Finished: April 28, 1906
Events: 1

Participants: 24 (24 men and 0 women) from 7 countries
Youngest Participant: GER Albert Zürner (16 years, 87 days)
Oldest Participant: SWE Otto Hagborg (51 years, 239 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (2 medals)


Diving had been held at the 1904 Olympics and was again contested with a single event at the 1906 Athina Games. The event was held in the [Neo Phaliron Bay] and had to be held over two days (26-27 April) because of high winds that stopped the competition on the first day.

The event appears to have been a platform competition, as it was labelled "Highboard Diving", but there has been some controversy about that. Diving historian [Bob Clotworthy] (1956 Olympic springboard gold medalist) has noted, )It seems that it was some sort of a combination event, but it does not mention whether springboard was part of the combination . . . I think we can surmise that the higher elevations were platform.) But Diem noted (in translation), )[German] swimmers were hampered because of the unusual springboard, fixed at the top of the swim tower. . . showed off the 12 m-board a daring somersault.) It is not absolutely certain that the 4-metre dives were from a springboard, or as Diem noted, a )Sprungbrett). And photographs of the diving in the Official Report show that it was definitely contested off platform-like towers. There is no evidence of a springboard.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Platform GER Gottlob Walz GER Georg Hoffmann AUT Otto Satzinger