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Diving at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Springboard

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 21, 1976
Date Finished: July 22, 1976
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: USA Phil Boggs
Silver: ITA Franco Cagnotto
Bronze: URS Aleksandr Kosenkov


[Phil Boggs] (USA) had won the 1973 and 1975 World Championship and was favored as the US Olympic Trials approached. But Boggs was defeated at the US Trials by a young 16-year-old named [Greg Louganis]. But the Olympics were different as Boggs was by far the most consistent diver. He led the qualifying and took the lead in the final on the first dive and was never headed as he won the gold medal. He had the highest score in the final on 8 of the 11 dives, and for his 22 dives (qualifying and final), he had only two judges’ marks of 6.5, with all marks ranging from 7.0 to 9.5.

Louganis did not win a medal, but on his fourth qualifying dive, became the [Nadia Comaneči] of diving when he was awarded a 10.0 from judge #3, the first perfect score ever given in Olympic diving. In the final he was in third place after nine dives before stumbling on his 3½ sommie to drop back to sixth. He would come back to win this event, and the platform, in 1984 and 1988.

The silver went to Italy’s [Franco Cagnotto], repeating his finish from München. Cagnotto’s teammate, platform superstar [Klaus Dibiasi] was considered a challenger, having placed second to Boggs at the 1973 and 1975 Worlds, but he was hampered by a sore Achilles’ tendon and placed last in the finals.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Phil Boggs 26 United States USA Gold
2 Franco Cagnotto 29 Italy ITA Silver
3 Aleksandr Kosenkov 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Falk Hoffmann 23 East Germany GDR
5 Rob Cragg 22 United States USA
6 Greg Louganis 16 United States USA
7 Carlos Girón 21 Mexico MEX
8 Klaus Dibiasi 28 Italy ITA
9 QR Don Wagstaff 26 Australia AUS
10 QR Norbert Huda 26 West Germany FRG
11 QR Boris Kozlov 25 Soviet Union URS
12 QR Vyacheslav Strakhov 26 Soviet Union URS
13 QR Frank Taubert 20 East Germany GDR
14 QR Dieter Waskow 19 East Germany GDR
15 QR Dieter Dörr 19 West Germany FRG
16 QR Scott Cranham 21 Canada CAN
17 QR Porfirio Becerril 20 Mexico MEX
18 QR Chris Snode 17 Great Britain GBR
19 QR Skip Phoenix 27 Canada CAN
20 QR Trevor Simpson 25 Great Britain GBR
21 QR Steve Foley 19 Australia AUS
22 QR Claudio De Miro 19 Italy ITA
23 QR Ken Armstrong 22 Canada CAN
24 QR Alain Goosen 28 France FRA
25 QR Ricardo Camacho 20 Spain ESP
26 QR Sangwan Foengdee 25 Thailand THA
27 QR Sulaiman Qabazard 17 Kuwait KUW
28 QR Ahmet Kizil 22 Turkey TUR