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1924  Paris Summer Olympics

1924 Summer Olympics - The Results (Diving)

Diving at the 1924 Paris Summer Games

 

 

Host City: Paris, France
Date Started: July 14, 1924
Date Finished: July 20, 1924
Events: 5

Participants: 71 (45 men and 26 women) from 14 countries
Youngest Participant: ESP Santiago Ulio (15 years, 45 days)
Oldest Participant: NED Henk Hemsing (32 years, 303 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (11 medals)

 

Participating nations

A total of 71 divers (45 men and 26 women) from 14 nations (men from 13 nations - women from 9 nations) competed at the Paris Games:
  •  Australia (1) (men:1 women:0)
  •  Austria (3) (men:0 women:3)
  •  Belgium (2) (men:1 women:1)
  •  Czechoslovakia (2) (men:1 women:1)
  •  Denmark (4) (men:3 women:1)
  •  Finland (6) (men:6 women:0)
  •  France (12) (me
  •  Great Britain (11) (men:5 women:6)
  •  Italy (1) (men:1 women:0)
  •  Netherlands (4) (men:2 women:2)
  •  Spain (3) (men:3 women:0)
  •  Sweden (11) (men:7 women:4)
  •  Switzerland (1) (men:1 women:0)
  •  United States (10) (men:5 women:5)
  

Overview

The 1924 diving events were held at the Piscine des Tourelles in Saint-Mandé, in the Val de Marne départment of the eastern suburbs of Paris. This was also the site of the swimming events, the water polo tournament, and the swimming section of the modern pentathlon. There were five diving events in 1924, as in 1920. Plain high diving for men supplemented the usual springboard and platform events for men and women, although in 1912-24 the women’s platform was termed the plain high diving event. This was the last time that plain high diving would be held as an Olympic event. United States’ divers won four of five events, losing only the men’s plain high diving to Australian [Richmond Eve].

  

Medal summary

The events are labelled as 3 metre springboard, 10 metre platform and plain high diving by the International Olympic Committee, and appeared on the 1924 Official Report as plongeons du tremplin, plongeons de haut vol variés (men) or plongeons de haut vol ordinaires (women) and plongeons de haut vol ordinaires (men), respectively. The high diving and 10 metre platform events included dives from both 10 metre and 5 metre platforms, while the springboard events included dives from 3 metre and 1 metre springboards.

Men

Women
Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 m springboard  Albert White (USA)  Pete Desjardins (USA)  Clarence Pinkston (USA)
10 m platform  Albert White (USA)  David Fall (USA)  Clarence Pinkston (USA)
Plain high diving  Dick Eve (AUS)  John Jansson (SWE)  Harold Clarke (GBR)
Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 m springboard  Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston (USA)  Aileen Riggin (USA)  Caroline Fletcher (USA)
10 m platform  Caroline Smith (USA)  Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston (USA)  Hjördis Töpel (SWE)
  

Medal table

 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 4 4 3 11
2  Australia 1 0 0 1
3  Sweden 0 1 1 2
4  Great Britain 0 0 1 1
Totals (4 nations) 5 5 5 15
 

Men's Springboard

 Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 16, 1924
Date Finished: July 17, 1924
Format: 1 and 3 metre boards.

Competitors 17from 9 nations

Summary

[Al White] and [Pete Desjardins] split the judges votes with White receiving three first-place votes and Desjardins two, White winning the gold medal on total ordinals, 7.0 to 8.0. American [Bud Pinkston] completed the American sweep in the event. White would win the platform three days later to become the first diver to win the springboard/platform double at a single Olympics. Desjardins would not compete in the platform in Paris but would return in Amsterdam and also win the springboard/platform double. Pinkston also won the bronze medal in the platform at Paris. He was an Olympic veteran, having won silver in this event and gold on the platform in 1920.

The men's 3 metre springboard, also reported as plongeons du tremplin (English: trampoline diving), was one of five diving events on the diving at the 1924 Summer Olympics programme. The competition was actually held from both 3 metre and 1 metre boards. Divers performed six compulsory dives - standing backward plain dive, standing forward dive with twist, standing inward piked dive with twist, standing reverse piked dive, standing reverse plain dive with twist (3 metre board) and a standing forward somersault piked dive (1 metre board) - two jury-drawn dives and four dives of the competitor's choice for a total of twelve dives. The competition was held on Wednesday July 16, 1924, and Thursday July 17, 1924.

A point-for-place system was used. For each dive, the divers were ranked according to their dive score and awarded points based on their rank for that dive (the best dive earned 1 point, the next-best 2 points, and so on).

Seventeen divers from nine nations competed.

Final

Place Diver Points Score
1st, gold medalist(s)  Albert White (USA) 7 696.4
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Pete Desjardins (USA) 8 693.2
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Clarence Pinkston (USA) 15 653
4  Edmund Lindmark (SWE) 22 599.1
5  Dick Eve (AUS) 26 564.3
6  Adolf Hellquist (SWE) 30 544.9
7  Curt Sjöberg (SWE) 34 538.3
8  Henk Hemsing (NED) 39 490.8
9  Julius Balasz (TCH) 44 463.1

First round

The three divers who scored the smallest number of points in each group of the first round advanced to the final.

Group 1

Place Diver Points Score
1  Clarence Pinkston (USA) 5 672
2  Dick Eve (AUS) 13 522.3
3  Curt Sjöberg (SWE) 15 523
4  Rémy Weil (FRA) 18 497.9
5  Henk Lotgering (NED) 25 459.2
6  Eric MacDonald (GBR) 29 433.2

Group 2

Place Diver Points Score
1  Albert White (USA) 5 681.9
2  Adolf Hellquist (SWE) 13 494.5
3  Henk Hemsing (NED) 14 455.2
4  Gregory Matveieff (GBR) 21 414.1
5  Antoine Jacob (FRA) 23 425.4
6  Arthur Bischoff (SUI) 29 385

Group 3

Place Diver Points Score
1  Pete Desjardins (USA) 5 662.8
2  Edmund Lindmark (SWE) 10 557
3  Julius Balasz (TCH) 16 488
4  Paul Raeth (FRA) 19 455.5
5  Atte Lindqvist (FIN) 25 398.8
 

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal  
1 Al White 28 United States USA Gold  
2 Pete Desjardins 17 United States USA Silver  
3 Bud Pinkston 24 United States USA Bronze  
4 Edmund Lindmark 29 Sweden SWE    
5 Dick Eve 23 Australia AUS    
6 Adolf Hellquist 22 Sweden SWE    
7 Curt Sjöberg 27 Sweden SWE    
8 Henk Hemsing 32 Netherlands NED    
9 Július Baláž 22 Czechoslovakia TCH    
4 p1 r1/2 Rémi Weil 24 France FRA    
4 p2 r1/2 Gregory Matveieff 22 Great Britain GBR    
4 p3 r1/2 Paul Raeth 25 France FRA    
5 p1 r1/2 Henk Lotgering 21 Netherlands NED    
5 p2 r1/2 Antoine Jacob   France FRA    
5 p3 r1/2 Atte Lindqvist 29 Finland FIN    
6 p1 r1/2 Eric MacDonald   Great Britain GBR    
6 p2 r1/2 Arthur Bischoff 22 Switzerland SUI  

Men's Platform

Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 19, 1924
Date Finished: July 20, 1924
Format: 5 and 10 metre platforms.

Competitors 20from 10 nations

Summary

Platform was contested from both a 5-metre and a 10-metre platform, with four compulsory dives from the 5-metre platform and four optional dives from the 10-metre platform. [Al White] won this event to complete the springboard/platform double in Paris, the first time this had been done at the Olympics. The bronze medal went to [Bud Pinkston], the defending champion. American men swept the medals, as they had in the springboard, with [David Fall] earning silver.

The men's 10 metre platform, also reported as plongeons de haut vol variés (English: varied high diving), was one of five diving events on the diving at the 1924 Summer Olympics programme. The competition was actually held from both 10 metre and 5 metre platforms. Divers performed four compulsory dives - standing inward plain dive, standing backward dive with twist, running forward somersault dive and running reverse somersault dive (5 metre platform) - and four dives of the competitor's choice for a total of eight dives. The competition was held on Saturday July 19, 1924, and Sunday July 20, 1924.

Twenty divers from ten nations competed.

Final

Place Diver Points Score
1st, gold medalist(s)  Albert White (USA) 9 487.3
2nd, silver medalist(s)  David Fall (USA) 11.5 486.5
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Clarence Pinkston (USA) 16.5 473
4  Erik Adlerz (SWE) 19 468.9
5  Eugène Lenormand (FRA) 24 437.7
6  Helge Öberg (SWE) 31 429
7  Sven Palle Sørensen (DEN) 36 404.6
8  Adolf Hellquist (SWE) 37.5 403.2
9  Hannes Kärkkäinen (FIN) 40.5 380.9

First round

The three divers who scored the smallest number of points in each group of the first round advanced to the final.

Group 1

Place Diver Points Score
1  Clarence Pinkston (USA) 6 507.5
2  Erik Adlerz (SWE) 11 475.2
3  Eugène Lenormand (FRA) 13 435.6
4  Luigi Cangiullo (ITA) 20 398.8
5  Eric MacDonald (GBR) 25 345.5
6  Henk Lotgering (NED) 30 303
7  Santiago Ulio (ESP) 35 204.8

Group 2

Place Diver Points Score
1  Albert White (USA) 5 491.8
2  Helge Öberg (SWE) 10 435.4
3  Hannes Kärkkäinen (FIN) 16 408.2
4  Albert Knight (GBR) 19 394.5
5  Albert Van Heymbeek (BEL) 27 354.3
6  Étienne Vincent (FRA) 28 354

Group 3

Place Diver Points Score
1  David Fall (USA) 6 472.9
2  Adolf Hellquist (SWE) 9 442.8
3  Sven Palle Sørensen (DEN) 16 400
4  André Cochinal (FRA) 21 374.2
5  Lauri Kyöstilä (FIN) 23 363.4
6  Henk Hemsing (NED) 30 306
7  Antonio Tort (ESP) 35 229.4
 

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal  
1 Al White 28 United States USA Gold  
2 Dave Fall 21 United States USA Silver  
3 Bud Pinkston 24 United States USA Bronze  
4 Erik Adlerz 31 Sweden SWE    
5 Eugène Lenormand   France FRA    
6 Helge Öberg 18 Sweden SWE    
7 Sven Palle Sørensen 25 Denmark DEN    
8 Adolf Hellquist 22 Sweden SWE    
9 Hannes Kärkkäinen 21 Finland FIN    
4 p1 r1/2 Luigi Cangiullo   Italy ITA    
4 p2 r1/2 Reggie Knight   Great Britain GBR    
4 p3 r1/2 André Cochinal   France FRA    
5 p1 r1/2 Eric MacDonald   Great Britain GBR    
5 p2 r1/2 Albert Van Heymbeek   Belgium BEL    
5 p3 r1/2 Lauri Kyöstilä 30 Finland FIN    
6 p1 r1/2 Henk Lotgering 21 Netherlands NED    
6 p2 r1/2 Étienne Vincent   France FRA    
6 p3 r1/2 Henk Hemsing 32 Netherlands NED    
7 p1 r1/2 Santiago Ulio 14 Spain ESP    
7 p3 r1/2 Antonio de Tort   Spain ESP    

Men's Plain High

Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 14, 1924
Date Finished: July 15, 1924
Format: 5 and 10 metre platforms.

Competitors 25from 10 nations

Summary

Australian [Richmond Eve] won this event in a seemingly close competition in the final round. But it was only close because of the actions of the fourth judge, who ranked Eve only equal seventh among the nine finalists. The other four judges ranked him no worse than second. This event was contested from 5- and 10-metre platforms, with four dives in each round, two compulsory and two optional. This was the last time a plain high diving event was contested at the Olympics.

The men's plain high diving, also reported as plongeons de haut vol ordinaires (English: regular high diving), was one of five diving events on the diving at the 1924 Summer Olympics programme. The competition was actually held from both 10 metre and 5 metre platforms. The competitors performed four times a forward plain dive: two from the 10 metre and two from the 5 metre platforms. The competition was held on Monday July 14, 1924, and Tuesday July 15, 1924.

Twenty-five divers from ten nations competed

Final

Place Diver Points Score
1st, gold medalist(s)  Dick Eve (AUS) 13.5 160
2nd, silver medalist(s)  John Jansson (SWE) 14.5 157
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Harold Clarke (GBR) 15.5 158
4  Ben Thrash (USA) 23.5 145
5  Raymond Vincent (FRA) 26.5 144
6  Pete Desjardins (USA) 28 141
7  Albert Knight (GBR) 31 137
8  Arvid Wallman (SWE) 31.5 136
9  Clarence Pinkston (USA) 41 125

First round

The three divers who scored the smallest number of points in each group of the first round advanced to the final.

Group 1

Place Diver Points Score
1  Dick Eve (AUS) 13.5 157
2  Pete Desjardins (USA) 13.5 155
3  Raymond Vincent (FRA) 17 155
4  Erik Adlerz (SWE) 17.5 151
5  Yrjö Valkama (FIN) 19.5 150
6  Albert Dickin (GBR) 25.5 141
7  Sven Palle Sørensen (DEN) 38 125
8  Albert Van Heymbeek (BEL) 41 118
9  Francisco Ortiz (ESP) 41.5 117

Group 2

Place Diver Points Score
1  Arvid Wallman (SWE) 8.5 165
2  Clarence Pinkston (USA) 10 157
3  Albert Knight (GBR) 12 156
4  Volmer Otzen (DEN) 22 137
5  Georges Garreau (FRA) 27 127
6  Hugo Koivuniemi (FIN) 28 123
7  Henk Lotgering (NED) 32.5 116
8  Antonio Tort (ESP) 40 90

Group 3

Place Diver Points Score
1  Harold Clarke (GBR) 9 162
2  Ben Thrash (USA) 17 146
3  John Jansson (SWE) 17 144
4  Émile Dauvet (FRA) 19.5 147
5  Herold Jansson (DEN) 21 141
6  Jussi Elo (FIN) 21.5 141
7  Santiago Ulio (ESP) 36 102
8  Henk Hemsing (NED) 39 94
 

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal  
1 Dick Eve 23 Australia AUS Gold  
2 Johan Jansson 31 Sweden SWE Silver  
3 Harold Clarke   Great Britain GBR Bronze  
4 Ben Thrash 26 United States USA    
5 Raymond Vincent   France FRA    
6 Pete Desjardins 17 United States USA    
7 Reggie Knight   Great Britain GBR    
8 Arvid Wallman 23 Sweden SWE    
9 Bud Pinkston 24 United States USA    
4 p1 r1/2 Erik Adlerz 31 Sweden SWE    
4 p2 r1/2 Volmer Otzen 24 Denmark DEN    
4 p3 r1/2 Émile Dauvet   France FRA    
5 p1 r1/2 Yrjö Valkama 29 Finland FIN    
5 p2 r1/2 Georges Garreau 21 France FRA    
5 p3 r1/2 Herold Jansson 24 Denmark DEN    
6 p1 r1/2 Albert Dickin   Great Britain GBR    
6 p2 r1/2 Hugo Koivuniemi 29 Finland FIN    
6 p3 r1/2 Jussi Elo 26 Finland FIN    
7 p1 r1/2 Sven Palle Sørensen 25 Denmark DEN    
7 p2 r1/2 Henk Lotgering 21 Netherlands NED    
7 p3 r1/2 Santiago Ulio 14 Spain ESP    
8 p1 r1/2 Albert Van Heymbeek   Belgium BEL    
8 p2 r1/2 Antonio de Tort   Spain ESP    
8 p3 r1/2 Henk Hemsing 32 Netherlands NED    
9 p1 r1/2 Francisco Ortíz   Spain ESP  

Women's Springboard

Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 17, 1924
Date Finished: July 18, 1924
Format: 1 and 3 metre boards.

Competitors 17from 7 nations

Summary

Competition was held on both 1-metre and 3-metre springboards with each diver executing six optional dives in each round. The 17 divers competed in two pools and advanced three divers from each pool to the final round. The gold medal went to American [Betty Becker], who led an American sweep. The silver medal was won by the defending champion [Aileen Riggin], who also won a bronze medal in 1924 in the 100 metre backstroke event. Becker met her future husband, diver [Bud Pinkston], at the Paris Olympics. The fifth-place finisher was Sweden’s [Signe Johansson], who died only in 2010 and is the longest lived Olympian known.

The women's 3 metre springboard, also reported as plongeons du tremplin (English: trampoline diving), was one of five diving events on the diving at the 1924 Summer Olympics programme. The competition was actually held from both 3 metre and 1 metre boards. The competitors performed six dives of their choice. The competition was held on Thursday July 17, 1924, and Friday July 18, 1924.

Seventeen divers from seven nations competed.

Final

Place Diver Points Score
1st, gold medalist(s)  Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston (USA) 8 474.5
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Aileen Riggin (USA) 12 460.4
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Caroline Fletcher (USA) 16 436.4
4  Eva Olliwier (SWE) 20 425.8
5  Signe Johansson (SWE) 21 412.6
6  Klara Bornett (AUT) 28 370.2

First round

The three divers who scored the smallest number of points in each group of the first round advanced to the final.

Group 1

Place Diver Points Score
1  Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston (USA) 6 482.4
2  Aileen Riggin (USA) 13 439.3
3  Klara Bornett (AUT) 13 417.4
4  Märta Johansson (SWE) 19 377.8
5  Louise Lenormand (FRA) 26 313.0
6  Truus Klapwijk (NED) 28 287.3
7  Catherine O'Bryen (GBR) 35 258.8
8  Eugénie Briollet (FRA) 40 235.2

Group 2

Place Diver Points Score
1  Caroline Fletcher (USA) 7 446.6
2  Signe Johansson (SWE) 10 421.7
3  Eva Olliwier (SWE) 14 408.8
4  Viktoria Sölkner (AUT) 21 362.9
5  Amelia Hudson (GBR) 23 345.2
6  Suzanne Raeth (FRA) 32.5 274.0
7  Hendrika Bante (NED) 35 270.6
8  Gladys Luscombe (GBR) 40.5 244.0
9  Aloisie Krongeigerová (TCH) 42 233.2

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal  
1 Betty Becker-Pinkston 21 United States USA Gold  
2 Aileen Riggin 18 United States USA Silver  
3 Carol Fletcher 17 United States USA Bronze  
4 Ewa Olliwier 20 Sweden SWE    
5 Signe Johansson 18 Sweden SWE    
6 Klara Bornett   Austria AUT    
4 p1 r1/2 Märta Johansson 17 Sweden SWE    
4 p2 r1/2 Viktoria Sölkner   Austria AUT    
5 p1 r1/2 Louise Lenormand   France FRA    
5 p2 r1/2 Amelia Hudson   Great Britain GBR    
6 p1 r1/2 Truus Klapwijk 20 Netherlands NED    
6 p2 r1/2 Suzanne Raeth 19 France FRA    
7 p1 r1/2 Catherine O'Bryen   Great Britain GBR    
7 p2 r1/2 Hendrika Bante 23 Netherlands NED    
8 p1 r1/2 Eugenie Briollet 23 France FRA    
8 p2 r1/2 Gladys Luscombe 15 Great Britain GBR    
9 p2 r1/2 Aloisie Krongeigerová   Czechoslovakia TCH  

Women's Plain High

Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 19, 1924
Date Finished: July 20, 1924
Format: 5 and 10 metre platforms.

 

Summary

This event was termed plain high diving, but was effectively a platform diving competition, held on both the 5-metre and 10-metre platforms. Women had competed in plain high diving at the Olympics in 1912 and 1920, but from 1928 onward, this would be called the platform diving competition. The event consisted of four dives in each round, two compulsory and two optional. Only 11 competitors started with three from each pool advancing to a final round. The final was won by [Carol Smith] of the USA, followed by her teammate [Betty Becker], who won the springboard gold medal in Paris, with the bronze medal going to Sweden’s [Hjördis Töpel]. Becker would return in 1928 and win gold on the platform.

The women's 10 metre platform, also reported as plongeons de haut vol ordinaires (English: regular high diving), was one of five diving events on the diving at the 1924 Summer Olympics programme. It was actually held from both 10 metre and 5 metre platforms. The competitors performed four compulsory dives. The competition was held on Saturday July 19, 1924, and Sunday July 20, 1924.

Eleven divers from six nations competed.

Final

Place Diver Points Score
1st, gold medalist(s)  Caroline Smith (USA) 10.5 167
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Elizabeth Becker (USA) 11 166
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Hjördis Töpel (SWE) 15.5 164
4  Edith Nielsen (DEN) 17.5 157
5  Helen Meany (USA) 22 148
6  Isabelle White (GBR) 28.5 140

First round

The three divers who scored the smallest number of points in each group of the first round advanced to the final.

Group 1

Place Diver Points Score
1  Elizabeth Becker (USA) 11 161
2  Hjördis Töpel (SWE) 11.5 159
3  Helen Meany (USA) 16.5 152
4  Verrall Newman (GBR) 18 154
5  Eva Olliwier (SWE) 20.5 148
6  Beatrice Armstrong (GBR) 27.5 141

Group 2

Place Diver Points Score
1  Caroline Smith (USA) 5.5 160
2  Isabelle White (GBR) 9.5 150
3  Edith Nielsen (DEN) 18.5 128
4  Margarete Adler (AUT) 19.5 125
5  Sophie Hennebert (BEL) 22 118

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal  
1 Carol Smith 17 United States USA Gold  
2 Betty Becker-Pinkston 21 United States USA Silver  
3 Hjördis Töpel 20 Sweden SWE Bronze  
4 Edith Nielsen 17 Denmark DEN    
5 Helen Meany 19 United States USA    
6 Belle White 29 Great Britain GBR    
4 p1 r1/2 Verrall Newman 27 Great Britain GBR    
4 p2 r1/2 Grete Adler 28 Austria AUT    
5 p1 r1/2 Ewa Olliwier 20 Sweden SWE    
5 p2 r1/2 Sophie Hennebert   Belgium BEL    
6 p1 r1/2 Eileen Armstrong 30 Great Britain GBR  

 

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