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Men's Springboard

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 29, 1972
Date Finished: August 30, 1972
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: URS Vladimir Vasin
Silver: ITA Franco Cagnotto
Bronze: USA Craig Lincoln


The favorite was Italian [Franco Cagnotto], who had won the springboard title at the 1970 European Championships, followed by his teammate, [Klaus Dibiasi], far better known for his platform work. At the 1968 Olympics Soviet diver [Vladimir Vasin] dislocated his shoulder in the platform event, which ended his career on the tower. He had been third to the Italians at the 1970 Europeans. In München, Cagnotto led the qualifying with Vasin in third. But on the next-to-last dive Cagnotto had a poor entry on his back 2½ and scored only 48.72 to fall behind Vasin. Vasin held on in the final dive to win the gold medal, breaking the American streak of 11 consecutive victories in the event. [Craig Lincoln] did continue the American streak of medaling in the event with a bronze medal.

This was Cagnotto’s third of five Olympics, but this was his first medal. He would add a bronze on the platform in München, and add further springboard medals in 1976 (silver) and 1980 (bronze) to end his Olympic career with four Olympic diving medals.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Vladimir Vasin 25 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Franco Cagnotto 25 Italy ITA Silver
3 Craig Lincoln 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Klaus Dibiasi 24 Italy ITA
5 Mike Finneran 23 United States USA
6 Vyacheslav Strakhov 22 Soviet Union URS
7 Falk Hoffmann 19 East Germany GDR
8 Norbert Huda 22 West Germany FRG
9 Carlos Girón 17 Mexico MEX
10 Roar Løken 27 Norway NOR
11 José Robinson 27 Mexico MEX
12 Helge Ziethen 19 East Germany GDR
13 QR Don Wagstaff 23 Australia AUS
14 QR Scott Cranham 17 Canada CAN
15 QR Pentti Koskinen 29 Finland FIN
16 QR Kenneth Sully 21 Canada CAN
17 QR Christopher Walls 20 Great Britain GBR
18 QR Vladimir Kapirulin 18 Soviet Union URS
19 QR Gerhard Hölzl 20 West Germany FRG
20 QR Dave Bush 21 United States USA
21 QR Ion Ganea 27 Romania ROU
22 QR Alain Goosen 24 France FRA
23 QR John Baker 21 Great Britain GBR
24 QR Junji Yuasa 27 Japan JPN
25 QR Ron Friesen 23 Canada CAN
26 QR Salim Barjum 20 Colombia COL
27 QR Porfirio Becerril 17 Mexico MEX
28 QR Brian Wetheridge 19 Great Britain GBR
29 QR Ken Grove 19 Australia AUS
30 QR Reinhard von Bauer 27 West Germany FRG
31 QR Rudolf Kruspel 21 Austria AUT
32 QR Josef Kien 20 Austria AUT