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Springboard, Men

Date14 – 18 July 1908
StatusOlympic
LocationWhite City Stadium, London
Participants23 from 8 countries
Format1 and 3 metre springboards.

There were two springboards used, one of 1 metre and one of 3 metres. Each competitor made seven dives, four compulsory and three optional. Two compulsory dives were made from the 1-metre springboard, a plain running dive and a running forward somersault; and two were made from the 3-metre springboard, a 1 somersault and a backward spring with forward dive. The optional dives were made from the 3-metre springboard.

Germany dominated this event. In the first round, the top score was posted by Kurt Behrens, while in the semi-finals he was second to the United States’ George Gaidzik. The winner in the finals, however, was the 18-year-old Albert Zürner, who narrowly defeated Behrens and whose main claim to fame was having been Champion of Hamburg (Germany) for the past four years. Tieing for third with Gaidzik was Gottlob Walz, who was the heavy favorite. Walz had won the platform competition at the 1906 Olympic Games, was an 11-time German champion, and had won the European championship three times, first in 1903.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Albert ZürnerGERGold
2Kurt BehrensGERSilver
=3George GaidzikUSABronze
=3Gottlob WalzGERBronze
3 p1 r2/3Ernest PottGBR
3 p2 r2/3Fritz NicolaiGER
4 p1 r2/3Heinz FreyschmidtGER
4 p2 r2/3Harold ClarkeGBR
5 p1 r2/3Ralph ErringtonGBR
5 p2 r2/3Henry GroteUSA
6 p1 r2/3Oskar WetzellFIN
3 p1 r1/3Robert ZimmermanCAN
3 p2 r1/3Albert TaylorGBR
3 p4 r1/3William BullGBR
3 p5 r1/3Harold SmyrkGBR
4 p1 r1/3Harry CrankGBR
4 p3 r1/3Karl MalmströmSWE
4 p4 r1/3Carlo BonfantiITA
4 p5 r1/3Charles CrossGBR
5 p1 r1/3Alexander BeckettGBR
5 p3 r1/3William HoareGBR
5 p4 r1/3Sigfrid LarssonSWE
6 p4 r1/3Snowy BakerANZ

Round One (14 – 16 July 1908)

Top two in each pool advanced to the semi-final round. Four compulsory dives, two from 1 metre, two from 3 metres, and three optional dives from 3 metres.

Pool One (14 July 1908 — 14:30)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1George GaidzikUSA82.80Q
2Heinz FreyschmidtGER78.10Q
3Robert ZimmermanCAN74.00
4Harry CrankGBR70.30
5Alexander BeckettGBR67.50

Pool Two (14 July 1908 — 14:30)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Albert ZürnerGER83.60Q
2Harold ClarkeGBR78.60Q
3Albert TaylorGBR58.80

Pool Three (15 July 1908 — 11:30)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Kurt BehrensGER83.60Q
=2Ralph ErringtonGBR70.83Q
=2Oskar WetzellFIN70.83Q
4Karl MalmströmSWE70.30
5William HoareGBR67.80

Pool Four (15 July 1908 — 15:45)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Ernest PottGBR82.50Q
2Fritz NicolaiGER67.10Q
3William BullGBR66.00
4Carlo BonfantiITA65.80
5Sigfrid LarssonSWE64.50
6Snowy BakerANZ61.30

Pool Five (16 July 1908 — 15:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Gottlob WalzGER81.30Q
2Henry GroteUSA79.50Q
3Harold SmyrkGBR78.30
4Charles CrossGBR64.50

Semi-Finals (17 July 1908)

Top two in each pool advanced to the final round. Four compulsory dives, two from 1 metre, two from 3 metres, and three optional dives from 3 metres.

Pool One (15:25)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Kurt BehrensGER83.00Q
2Gottlob WalzGER80.30Q
3Ernest PottGBR79.60
4Heinz FreyschmidtGER79.30
5Ralph ErringtonGBR72.60
6Oskar WetzellFIN70.10

Pool Two (15:25)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1George GaidzikUSA85.60Q
2Albert ZürnerGER82.80Q
3Fritz NicolaiGER81.80
4Harold ClarkeGBR81.10
5Henry GroteUSA74.50

Final (18 July 1908 — 14:55)

Four compulsory dives, two from 1 metre, two from 3 metres, and three optional dives from 3 metres.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Albert ZürnerGER85.50
2Kurt BehrensGER85.30
=3George GaidzikUSA80.80
=3Gottlob WalzGER80.80