| Event type

Platform, Women

Date24 – 25 July 1976
LocationPiscine olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants25 from 12 countries
Format10 metre platform.

Sweden’s Ulrika Knape was the defending champion and had won the 1973 World Championships. Another favorite was American Janet Ely, the 1975 World Champion, an event in which Knape had placed third. The first surprise occurred when Ely placed ninth in qualifying and did not make the final. In the final Knape led after four dives, while Soviet Irina Kalinina, the 1975 World Championship runner-up, moved ahead after five dives. But on the sixth dive, Kalinina’s teammate, the completely unknown Yelena Vaytsekhovskaya nailed her back 2½ pike and moved into the lead. She was never headed and won a very surprise gold medal. Knape placed second, adding silver to her 1972 gold, while the bronze went to American Debbie Wilson, who had won the US Olympic Trials. Knape was only fourth going into the final dive but her inward 2½ earned her 63.18 points to move up to second.

1Yelena VaytsekhovskayaURSGold
2Ulrika KnapeSWESilver
3Debbie WilsonUSABronze
4Irina KalininaURS
5Cindy ShattoCAN
6Teri YorkCAN
7Melissa BrileyUSA
8Heidi RamlowGDR
9 r1/2Janet ElyUSA
10 r1/2Rikiko YamanakaJPN
11 r1/2Karin GuthkeGDR
12 r1/2Tetiana VolynkinaURS
13 r1/2Déborah WeilMEX
14 r1/2Tammy MacLeodCAN
15 r1/2Fusako KakumaruJPN
16 r1/2Renate PiotraschkeFRG
17 r1/2Ursula MöckelFRG
18 r1/2Madeleine BarnettAUS
19 r1/2Carmen CasteinerITA
20 r1/2Elizabeth JackAUS
21 r1/2Kerstin KrauseGDR
22 r1/2Milena DuchkováTCH
23 r1/2Susanne WetteskogSWE
24 r1/2Brigitte DudaAUT
25 r1/2Norma BaraldiMEX

Qualifying (24 July 1976 — 14:00-21:00)

Eight dives. Top 8 advanced to the final round.

1Ulrika KnapeSWE410.40Q
2Irina KalininaURS408.63Q
3Debbie WilsonUSA398.37Q
4Melissa BrileyUSA389.85Q
5Cindy ShattoCAN382.68Q
6Yelena VaytsekhovskayaURS370.05Q
7Heidi RamlowGDR362.37Q
8Teri YorkCAN356.28Q
9Janet ElyUSA343.92
10Rikiko YamanakaJPN340.32
11Karin GuthkeGDR339.00
12Tetiana VolynkinaURS333.33
13Déborah WeilMEX332.70
14Tammy MacLeodCAN332.07
15Fusako KakumaruJPN328.68
16Renate PiotraschkeFRG328.62
17Ursula MöckelFRG327.24
18Madeleine BarnettAUS323.67
19Carmen CasteinerITA318.30
20Elizabeth JackAUS312.18
21Kerstin KrauseGDR305.46
22Milena DuchkováTCH300.63
23Susanne WetteskogSWE299.46
24Brigitte DudaAUT292.41
25Norma BaraldiMEX278.31

Final (25 July 1976 — 21:45)

Eight dives.

1Yelena VaytsekhovskayaURS406.59
2Ulrika KnapeSWE402.60
3Debbie WilsonUSA401.07
4Irina KalininaURS398.67
5Cindy ShattoCAN389.58
6Teri YorkCAN378.39
7Melissa BrileyUSA376.86
8Heidi RamlowGDR365.64