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Women's Springboard

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Municipal Pool, Barcelona
Date Started: August 1, 1992
Date Finished: August 2, 1992
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: CHN Gao Min
Silver: EUN Irina Lashko
Bronze: GER Brita Baldus


The heavy favorite was [Gao Min], who was the defending champion, had won both the 1-metre and 3-metre springboard titles at the 1991 World Championships, and had not lost internationally since 1986. She had wanted to retire in 1991 because of shoulder injuries but was convinced by Chinese officials to keep diving, and fought through the injuries. In the final round in Barcelona, she trailed Russian [Irina Lashko] after six dives. But on Lashko’s seventh dive, a back 2½ pike, she missed her entry badly and dropped well behind Gao. Gao pulled further and further ahead, winning by an even larger margin than she had in Seoul. Lashko recovered on her final dives to win the silver medal.

Gao retired after the 1992 Olympics, considered the greatest woman diver ever on springboard. Lashko repeated her silver medal at the 1996 Olympics, and won a bronze in 2000 synchro springboard. Lashko competed at four Olympics, effectively representing four different nations – the Soviet Union in 1988, the Unified Team in 1992, Russia in 1996, and Australia in 2004, after marrying an Australian.

For the first time ever, save for 1980 when they did not compete, no American woman won a medal in this event. Their top finisher was [Julie Ovenhouse] in fifth place. She had been 11th halfway through the final, before moving up to second with two dives left, but performed poorly on her final dives to drop out of the medals.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gao Min 21 China CHN Gold
2 Irina Lashko 19 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 Brita Baldus 27 Germany GER Bronze
4 Heidemarie Bártová-Grécká 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 Julie Ovenhouse 23 United States USA
6 Vera Ilyina 18 Unified Team EUN
7 Simona Koch 24 Germany GER
8 Mary DePiero 24 Canada CAN
9 Karen LaFace 26 United States USA
10 Verónica Ribot 30 Argentina ARG
11 Yuki Motobuchi 23 Japan JPN
12 Julia Cruz 23 Spain ESP
13 QR Tracy Cox-Smyth 26 Zimbabwe ZIM
14 QR Daphne Jongejans 27 Netherlands NED
15 QR Jenny Donnet 29 Australia AUS
16 QR María Elena Romero 19 Mexico MEX
17 QR Tan Shuping 14 China CHN
18 QR Ágnes Gerlach 24 Hungary HUN
19 QR Naomi Bishop 24 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Ionica Tudor 17 Romania ROU
21 QR Evelyne Boisvert 21 Canada CAN
22 QR Rachel Wilkes 16 Australia AUS
23 QR Karla Goltman 25 Argentina ARG
24 QR Luisella Bisello 24 Italy ITA
25 QR Ana Ayala 22 Mexico MEX
26 QR Eleni Stavridou 18 Greece GRE
27 QR Catherine Maliev-Aviolat 22 Switzerland SUI
28 QR Kim Myong-Son 16 North Korea PRK
29 QR Kim Hye-Ok 19 North Korea PRK