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Platform, Men

Date31 August – 2 September 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationStadio Olimpico del Nuoto, Roma
Participants28 from 18 countries
Format10 metre platform.

This was expected to come down to the two Americans, Bob Webster and Gary Tobian, who had been the silver medalist on platform in 1956. The qualifying was led by Britain’s Brian Phelps with Tobian fourth and Webster only ninth. But after the semi-final round Tobian had moved ahead, with Phelps second, and Webster moving up to third. In the final round, Webster posted the highest score on the first two of three dives to move ahead. Tobian slightly outperformed him on the final dive but Webster hung on for the gold medal, defeating Tobian by only .31 points, with Phelps third.

In January 2008, Phelps was arraigned on charges of rape, attempted rape, and 19 indecent assaults on females under the age of 15, all of which were alleged to have occurred between 1976 and 1986. He later admitted to multiple charges of indecent sexual assault, and in May 2008, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three young girls at his gymnastics club during the 1970s and 1980s. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Bob WebsterUSA165.56Gold
2Gary TobianUSA165.25Silver
3Brian PhelpsGBR157.13Bronze
4Roberto MadrigalMEX152.86
5Rolf SperlingGER151.83
6Gennady GalkinURS141.69
7Fritz EnskatGER138.86
8Anatoly SysoyevURS135.59
9Kurt MrkwickaAUT91.37
10Shunsuke KanetoJPN90.99
11Göran LundqvistSWE90.86
12Toivo ÖhmanSWE89.50
13Ryo MabuchiJPN89.13
14Antonio SbordoneITA88.77
15Jerzy KowalewskiPOL87.22
16Henri RouquetFRA83.55
17John CandlerGBR50.20
18Fabio PajellaITA50.01
19János KonkolyHUN50.01
20Álvaro GaxiolaMEX49.30
21Tomáš BauerTCH46.06
22Ernie MeissnerCAN45.71
23József DóraHUN45.51
24Ahmed MoharranUAR45.10
25Moustafa HassanUAR43.82
26Pekka HeinonenFIN43.49
27Barry HolmesAUS40.24
28Lee Pil-JungKOR28.34

Qualifying (31 August 1960 — 09:00)

Four dives. Top 16 advanced to the final round.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Brian PhelpsGBR57.35Q
2Rolf SperlingGER57.25Q
3Kurt MrkwickaAUT55.13Q
4Gary TobianUSA54.10Q
5Gennady GalkinURS54.07Q
6Anatoly SysoyevURS54.03Q
7Shunsuke KanetoJPN52.65Q
8Göran LundqvistSWE52.32Q
9Bob WebsterUSA52.21Q
10Roberto MadrigalMEX52.03Q
11Antonio SbordoneITA51.90Q
12Jerzy KowalewskiPOL51.24Q
13Fritz EnskatGER51.23Q
14Ryo MabuchiJPN51.12Q
15Toivo ÖhmanSWE50.97Q
16Henri RouquetFRA50.74Q
17John CandlerGBR50.20
18Fabio PajellaITA50.01
19János KonkolyHUN50.01
20Álvaro GaxiolaMEX49.301
21Tomáš BauerTCH46.06
22Ernie MeissnerCAN45.71
23József DóraHUN45.51
24Ahmed MoharranUAR45.10
25Moustafa HassanUAR43.82
26Pekka HeinonenFIN43.49
27Barry HolmesAUS40.24
28Lee Pil-JungKOR28.34

Semi-Finals (1 September 1960 — 08:30)

Three dives. Score added to qualifying round score. Top 8 advanced to the final round.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPointsS-FP
1Gary TobianUSA106.0851.98Q
2Brian PhelpsGBR101.8544.50Q
3Bob WebsterUSA99.7247.51Q
4Rolf SperlingGER96.8339.58Q
5Gennady GalkinURS96.7442.67Q
6Roberto MadrigalMEX95.8843.85Q
7Fritz EnskatGER93.0341.80Q
8Anatoly SysoyevURS93.0339.00Q
9Kurt MrkwickaAUT91.3736.24
10Shunsuke KanetoJPN90.9938.34
11Göran LundqvistSWE90.8638.54
12Toivo ÖhmanSWE89.5038.53
13Ryo MabuchiJPN89.1338.01
14Antonio SbordoneITA88.7736.87
15Jerzy KowalewskiPOL87.2235.98
16Henri RouquetFRA83.5532.81

Final (2 September 1960 — 10:30)

Three dives. Score added to semi-final round score.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPointsFP
1Bob WebsterUSA165.5665.84
2Gary TobianUSA165.2559.17
3Brian PhelpsGBR157.1355.28
4Roberto MadrigalMEX152.8656.98
5Rolf SperlingGER151.8355.00
6Gennady GalkinURS141.6944.95
7Fritz EnskatGER138.8645.83
8Anatoly SysoyevURS135.5942.56