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Diving at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Women's Platform

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming and Diving Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 6, 1956
Date Finished: December 7, 1956
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: USA Pat McCormick
Silver: USA Juno Stover-Irwin
Bronze: USA Paula Jean Myers-Pope


The Americans swept the medals with the same threesome that had swept the medals in 1952. [Pat McCormick] won gold to complete her double-double, winning springboard and platform in both 1952 and 1956. The silver medal in Melbourne went to [Juno Irwin], while [Paula Jean Myers] won bronze, as they reversed their positions from Helsinki. The event was closer than expected as Myers led the qualifying round of four dives, with McCormick only fourth, 1.68 points behind Myers. The final consisted of two optional dives, and McCormick posted the best score on each dive to win her fourth gold medal. This was the last medal sweep in women’s diving at the Olympics, and under current rules, it cannot occur again, as each nation is now limited to only two divers per event.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Pat McCormick 26 United States USA Gold 84.85
2 Juno Stover-Irwin 28 United States USA Silver 81.64
3 Paula Jean Myers-Pope 22 United States USA Bronze 81.58
4 Nicole Péllissard-Darrigrand 25 France FRA 78.80
5 Tatyana Vereina-Karakashiyants 30 Soviet Union URS 76.95
6 Lyubov Zhigalova Soviet Union URS 76.40
7 Ann Long 20 Great Britain GBR 76.15
8 Birte Christoffersen-Hanson 32 Sweden SWE 75.21
9 Raïsa Horokhovska 24 Soviet Union URS 73.84
10 Kanoko Tsutani-Mabuchi 18 Japan JPN 70.95
11 Hatsuko Hirose-Kawai 19 Japan JPN 69.71
12 Charmain Welsh 19 Great Britain GBR 69.05
13 Eva Pfarrhofer 28 Austria AUT 46.02
14 Barbara MacAulay Australia AUS 45.67
15 Hanna Laursen 20 Denmark DEN 35.39
16 Rosalyn Barton 17 Australia AUS 41.96
17 Mary Proença 21 Brazil BRA 36.71
18 Adele Price 21 Australia AUS 35.28