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Diving at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Platform

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 11, 1928
Date Finished: August 11, 1928
Format: 5 and 10 metres platforms.

Gold: USA Pete Desjardins
Silver: EGY Farid Simaika
Bronze: USA Mickey Galitzen


[Pete Desjardins] won the gold medal on the platform, completing the springboard/platform double in Amsterdam, but Egypt’s [Farid Simaika] was first announced as the champion and the Egyptian national anthem was played, because he had scored the most points – 99.58 to Desjardins’ 98.74. But the rules stated that ordinals were used as the first method of placement ranking, and Desjardins was ranked ahead of Simaika by four of the five judges and had only 6 ordinals to Simaika’s 9. The bronze medal went to American [Mickey Galitzen], as the same three men medaled in both diving events in 1928.

Simaika later became a United States’ citizen in March 1942, and joined the US Air Force. A fighter pilot, his plane crashed over Indonesia, and he was never found. Some tales relate that he was beheaded by either the Japanese or local headhunters. Although the plane crashed in September 1943, he was only declared legally dead on 19 December 1945.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pete Desjardins 21 United States USA Gold
2 Farid Simaika 20 Egypt EGY Silver
3 Mickey Galitzen 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Walter Colbath 22 United States USA
5 Ewald Riebschläger 23 Germany GER
6 Karl Schumm 29 Germany GER
7 Alfred Phillips 19 Canada CAN
8 Reggie Knight Great Britain GBR
9 Julius Rehborn 28 Germany GER
4 p1 r1/2 Helge Öberg 22 Sweden SWE
4 p2 r1/2 Eugène Lenormand France FRA
4 p3 r1/2 Yrjö Lampila 27 Finland FIN
5 p1 r1/2 Armand Billard France FRA
5 p2 r1/2 Eugen Ahnström 23 Sweden SWE
5 p3 r1/2 Wilfred Burne 25 Great Britain GBR
6 p1 r1/2 Abdel Moneim Mokhtar Egypt EGY
6 p2 r1/2 Josef Staudinger 21 Austria AUT
6 p3 r1/2 Henk Lotgering 25 Netherlands NED
7 p1 r1/2 Harry Morris Australia AUS
7 p2 r1/2 Tommy Mather Great Britain GBR
7 p3 r1/2 Gösta Horn 21 Sweden SWE
8 p1 r1/2 Emanuel Davidson 25 Netherlands NED
8 p3 r1/2 Ezio Selva 26 Italy ITA
AC p1 r1/2 Luigi Cangiullo Italy ITA