Diving at the 1964 Summer Olympics

Dates 11 – 18 October 1964
Medal Events 4

The 1964 aquatics events were held at the Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo (Yoyogi National Gymnasium) in the Shibuya section of Tokyo. Seating over 13,000 people, the facility had been built between 1961-64 specifically for the Tokyo Olympics. It was the first indoor pool for Olympic diving, although this would become somewhat standard, going outdoors again only in 1984 (Los Angeles), 1992 (Barcelona), and 2004 (Athens).

There were four diving events – 3-metre springboard and 10-metre platform for men and women, which remained the standard Olympic diving program through 1996. The men’s events were both won by United States’ divers, as they had done since 1912, and Lesley Bush won the women’s platform. Germany’s Ingrid Krämer, who had won both events in 1960, returned as Ingrid Engel-Krämer to repeat her springboard gold medal. United States’ men swept the springboard medals, the last medal sweep in Olympic diving, which cannot occur again under current rules, as only two divers per nation have been allowed since 1984.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Springboard, Men Olympic 12 – 14 October 1964 27 16
Platform, Men Olympic 16 – 18 October 1964 30 16
Springboard, Women Olympic 11 – 12 October 1964 21 9
Platform, Women Olympic 15 October 1964 24 11
80 (46/34) 20 (19/12)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Springboard, Men Ken SitzbergerUSA Frank GormanUSA Larry AndreasenUSA
Platform, Men Bob WebsterUSA Klaus DibiasiITA Tom GompfUSA
Springboard, Women Ingrid Engel-KrämerGER Jeanne CollierUSA Patsy WillardUSA
Platform, Women Lesley BushUSA Ingrid Engel-KrämerGER Galina AlekseyevaURS

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 3 2 3 8
Germany GER 1 1 0 2
Italy ITA 0 1 0 1
Soviet Union URS 0 0 1 1