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Diving at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Date Started: November 30, 1956
Date Finished: December 7, 1956
Events: 4

Participants: 60 (33 men and 27 women) from 16 countries
Youngest Participant: MEX Juan Botella (15 years, 150 days)
Oldest Participant: AUS Ron Faulds (34 years, 121 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): MEX Joaquín Capilla and USA Pat McCormick (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (9 medals)


The 1956 diving events were held at the Olympic Park Swimming and Diving Stadium in Melbourne, which was also the site of the swimming events, the water polo tournament, and the swimming section of the modern pentathlon. There were four diving events – 3-metre springboard and 10-metre platform for men and women, which remained the standard Olympic diving program through 1996. United States’ divers won all four events, as they would from 1924-56, and 9 of 12 medals. [Pat McCormick] won both women’s events, repeating her double from 1952.