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Diving at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Platform

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 1972
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: ITA Klaus Dibiasi
Silver: USA Dick Rydze
Bronze: ITA Franco Cagnotto


[Klaus Dibiasi] had won this event in 1968 after winning silver in 1964. He was favored but had lost the 1970 Europeans to East German [Lothar Matthes]. Another contender was Dibiasi’s teammate, [Franco Cagnotto], who had earlier won a silver on springboard in München. In the end this was a romp for Dibiasi who led by almost 25 points in qualifying and was never challenged as he won his second gold in the event. He would return in 1976 at Montréal and get the three-peat.

Matthes and Cagnotto fought out the other medals with American [Dick Rydze], silver medalist at the 1971 Pan American Games. Cagnotto was leading this threesome until his ninth dive, a 3½ somersault, on which he failed badly, and allowed Rydze to move past him and get the silver. Matthes was just out of the medals in fourth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Klaus Dibiasi 24 Italy ITA Gold
2 Dick Rydze 22 United States USA Silver
3 Franco Cagnotto 25 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Lothar Matthes 25 East Germany GDR
5 Davit Hambardzumyan 16 Soviet Union URS
6 Rick Earley 28 United States USA
7 Vladimir Kapirulin 18 Soviet Union URS
8 Carlos Girón 17 Mexico MEX
9 Mike Finneran 23 United States USA
10 Falk Hoffmann 19 East Germany GDR
11 Don Wagstaff 23 Australia AUS
12 Aleksandr Gendrikson 17 Soviet Union URS
13 QR Jacques Deschouwer 26 France FRA
14 QR José Robinson 27 Mexico MEX
15 QR Porfirio Becerril 17 Mexico MEX
16 QR Karlheinz Schwemmer 29 West Germany FRG
17 QR Jakub Puchow 24 Poland POL
18 QR Niki Stajkovic 13 Austria AUT
19 QR Junji Yuasa 27 Japan JPN
20 QR Ron Friesen 23 Canada CAN
21 QR Frank Dufficy 19 Great Britain GBR
22 QR Andrew Gill 24 Great Britain GBR
23 QR Wolfram Ristau 18 East Germany GDR
24 QR Bernd Wucherpfennig 31 West Germany FRG
25 QR Ion Ganea 27 Romania ROU
26 QR Diego Henao 25 Colombia COL
27 QR Scott Cranham 17 Canada CAN
28 QR Brian Wetheridge 19 Great Britain GBR
29 QR Kenneth Sully 21 Canada CAN
30 QR Klaus Konzorr 31 West Germany FRG
31 QR Héctor Bas 21 Puerto Rico PUR
32 QR Ken Grove 19 Australia AUS
33 QR Rudolf Kruspel 21 Austria AUT
34 QR Jorge Head 23 Spain ESP
35 QR Sandro Rossi 26 Switzerland SUI