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Diving at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Platform

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 5, 1948
Format: 10 metre platform. Final round only. Four compulsory and four optional dives.

Gold: USA Sammy Lee
Silver: USA Bruce Harlan
Bronze: MEX Joaquín Capilla


[Sammy Lee] won this event, leading in both the preliminary round and the final. Lee had finished third earlier in London on the springboard, which was won by [Bruce Harlan], who placed second to Lee in this event. Lee would return in four years at Helsinki and defend his gold medal on platform. The bronze went to Mexican [Joaquín Capilla], who had only been fifth in the preliminaries. Capilla would improve to a silver medal in 1952, behind Lee, and then win the platform gold medal at Melbourne in 1956.

Lee made it to the top as a diver despite overcoming racial discrimination as a Korean-American. Growing up in Fresno, California, Latinos, Asians and African-Americans were only allowed to use Fresno's public Brookside Pool on Wednesdays, on what was called “international day,” which was the day before the pool was scheduled to be drained and refilled with clean water. To allow him to practice on other days, his coach dug a pit in his backyard and filled it with sand, and Lee practiced by jumping into the pit.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Sammy Lee 27 United States USA Gold 130.05
2 Bruce Harlan 22 United States USA Silver 122.30
3 Joaquín Capilla 19 Mexico MEX Bronze 113.52
4 Lennart Brunnhage 32 Sweden SWE 108.62
5 Peter Heatly 24 Great Britain GBR 105.29
6 Thomas Christiansen 28 Denmark DEN 105.22
7 Raymond Mulinghausen 27 France FRA 103.01
8 George Athans 27 Canada CAN 100.91
9 Rolf Stigersand 31 Norway NOR 97.93
10 Zouheir Shourbagi Syria SYR 97.81
11 Louis Marchant 32 Great Britain GBR 96.11
12 Kamal Ali Hassan 24 Egypt EGY 95.33
13 Diego Mariscal 22 Mexico MEX 95.14
14 Gustavo Somohano 23 Mexico MEX 91.98
15 Franz Worisch 22 Austria AUT 90.05
16 Haroldo Mariano 19 Brazil BRA 90.00
17 Wilhelm Lippa 25 Austria AUT 89.04
18 Gordon Ward 27 Great Britain GBR 88.96
19 Ilmari Niemeläinen 37 Finland FIN 87.82
20 Guy Hernandez France FRA 87.46
21 Geoff Mandy 28 South Africa RSA 86.00
22 Rauf Abdul Seoud 33 Egypt EGY 85.85
23 Willy Rist Switzerland SUI 81.78
24 Mohamed Abdel Khalek Allam Egypt EGY 77.92
25 Ernst Strupler 29 Switzerland SUI 77.67