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Springboard, Women

Date3 – 4 December 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Park Swimming and Diving Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants18 from 9 countries
Format3 metre springboard.

Pat McCormick was the defending champion in both women’s diving events and she came through to again win gold on both the springboard and platform, completing a diving double-double. She won this event easily, leading the qualifying, and with a huge margin in the final round. Silver medalist Jeanne Stunyo had just missed making the 1952 US Olympic team when she placed fourth at the trials. She had also won a silver medal in springboard at the 1955 Pan American Games, finishing behind McCormick there as well. Bronze medalist Irene McDonald won the first Olympic diving medal ever for Canada, after having won bronze in the event at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. It would be another 28 years before Sylvie Bernier won Canada’s second medal in diving, a gold in this event.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Pat McCormickUSA142.36Gold
2Jeanne StunyoUSA125.89Silver
3Irene MacDonaldCAN121.40Bronze
4Barbara GildersUSA120.76
5Valentina ChumichevaURS118.50
6Ann LongGBR107.61
7Nicole Péllissard-DarrigrandFRA106.32
8Kanoko TsutaniJPN103.12
9Birte HansonSWE102.19
10Ninel KrutovaURS100.34
11Zoya BlyuvasURS98.15
12Anna-Stina BaidingerSWE97.29
13Barbara McAulayAUS60.19
14Charmain WelshGBR59.45
15Rosalyn BartonAUS58.50
16Hatsuko HiroseJPN56.02
17Pat HowardAUS53.89
ACLilo MundCHIDNF1

Qualifying (3 December 1956 — 14:00)

Six compulsory dives. Top 12 advanced to the final.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Pat McCormickUSA76.80Q
2Irene MacDonaldCAN73.25Q
3Barbara GildersUSA71.47Q
4Jeanne StunyoUSA71.04Q
5Valentina ChumichevaURS65.42Q
6Kanoko TsutaniJPN63.99Q
7Ann LongGBR63.23Q
8Birte HansonSWE62.81Q
9Zoya BlyuvasURS62.12Q
10Ninel KrutovaURS61.54Q
11Nicole Péllissard-DarrigrandFRA60.48Q
12Anna-Stina BaidingerSWE60.30Q
13Barbara McAulayAUS60.19
14Charmain WelshGBR59.45
15Rosalyn BartonAUS58.50
16Hatsuko HiroseJPN56.02
17Pat HowardAUS53.89
ACLilo MundCHIDNF

Final (4 December 1956 — 19:55)

Four optional dives. Score added to qualifying round score.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPointsFP
1Pat McCormickUSA142.3665.56
2Jeanne StunyoUSA125.8954.85
3Irene MacDonaldCAN121.4048.15
4Barbara GildersUSA120.7649.29
5Valentina ChumichevaURS118.5053.08
6Ann LongGBR107.6144.38
7Nicole Péllissard-DarrigrandFRA106.3245.84
8Kanoko TsutaniJPN103.1239.13
9Birte HansonSWE102.1939.38
10Ninel KrutovaURS100.3438.80
11Zoya BlyuvasURS98.1536.03
12Anna-Stina BaidingerSWE97.2936.99