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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 22, 1980
Date Finished: July 23, 1980
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: URS Aleksandr Portnov
Silver: MEX Carlos Girón
Bronze: ITA Franco Cagnotto


The favorite was the defending champion and 1978 World Champion [Phil Boggs] – oh wait, he wasn’t in Moscow, a victim of the USA-led boycott. Another favorite was [Greg Louganis] – OK, you get the point.

In their absence, the gold medal went to Soviet diver [Aleksandr Portnov], who was felt to benefit from some hometown officiating. On an early final dive, he flopped badly on a back 2½, but protested that he had been distracted by the cheering crowd, which was watching the 100 butterfly final. Portnov was awarded another dive, and performed it well this time. This did not sit well with Mexican [Carlos Girón], eventual silver medalist, nor Italy’s [Franco Cagnotto], the bronze medalist, and fourth-placed [Falk Hoffmann] of East Germany, who had been runner-up to Boggs at the 1978 Worlds. They protested that they had had to dive through similar distractions and Portnov should not have been awarded another dive. For two days the officials met before holding a medal ceremony. But this was Moscow and Portnov was a Soviet, so again, you get the point.

Portnov won a bronze in this event at the 1982 Worlds. Greg Louganis won.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Aleksandr Portnov 18 Soviet Union URS Gold 905.025
2 Carlos Girón 25 Mexico MEX Silver 892.140
3 Franco Cagnotto 33 Italy ITA Bronze 871.500
4 Falk Hoffmann 27 East Germany GDR 858.510
5 Aleksandr Kosenkov 23 Soviet Union URS 855.120
6 Chris Snode 21 Great Britain GBR 844.470
7 Vyacheslav Troshin 21 Soviet Union URS 820.050
8 Ricardo Camacho 24 Spain ESP 749.340
9 Frank Taubert 24 East Germany GDR 524.040
10 Dieter Waskow 23 East Germany GDR 522.870
11 Steve Foley 23 Australia AUS 521.820
12 Niki Stajkovic 21 Austria AUT 521.040
13 Petar Georgiev 19 Bulgaria BUL 504.330
14 Francisco Rueda 21 Mexico MEX 495.630
15 Ken Grove 27 Austria AUT 491.940
16 Rolando Ruíz 23 Cuba CUB 489.240
17 Károly Némedi 20 Hungary HUN 475.170
18 Reynaldo Castro 19 Dominican Republic DOM 469.140
19 Roman Godziński 22 Poland POL 462.480
20 Jorge Mondragón 17 Mexico MEX 454.170
21 Michael Worisch 22 Austria AUT 452.430
22 Milton Braga 26 Brazil BRA 451.170
23 Alex Bagiu Romania ROU 427.350
24 David Parrington 24 Zimbabwe ZIM 416.670