Diving at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 3 metre springboard

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Men's springboard diving
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Dates 14–18 July
Competitors 23 from 8 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Albert Zürner  Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kurt Behrens  Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) George Gaidzik  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gottlob Walz  Germany
Diving at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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3 m springboard men
10 m platform men

The men's 3 metre springboard, also known as the fancy diving competition, was one of two diving events on the Diving at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme, along with the men's 10 metre platform.

The competition was actually held from both 3 metre and 1 metre boards. Divers performed a running plain dive and a running forward somersault from the 1 metre board, a one-and-a-half somersault and a backward spring and forward dive from the 3 metre board, and three dives of the competitor's choice from the 3 metre board. The competition was held on Tuesday 14 and Saturday 18 July 1908.

Twenty-three divers from eight nations competed.


First round[edit]

The two divers who scored the greatest number of points in each group of the first round advanced to the semifinals. A tie in the third group for second place resulted in both divers joining the group winner in advancing, for a total of 11 divers in the semifinals.

Group 1

Place Diver Score
1  George Gaidzik (USA) 82.8
2  Heinz Freyschmidt (GER) 78.1
3  Robert Zimmerman (CAN) 74.0
4  Harry Crank (GBR) 70.3
5  Anthony Beckett (GBR) 67.5

Group 2

Place Diver Score
1  Albert Zürner (GER) 83.6
2  Harold Clarke (GBR) 78.6
3  Anthony Taylor (GBR) 58.8

Group 3

Place Diver Score
1  Kurt Behrens (GER) 83.6
2  Frank Errington (GBR) 70.83
 Oskar Wetzell (FIN) 70.83
4  Karl Malmström (SWE) 70.3
5  William Hoare (GBR) 67.8

Group 4

Place Diver Score
1  Herbert Pott (GBR) 82.5
2  Fritz Nicolai (GER) 67.1
3  William Bull (GBR) 66.0
4  Carlo Bonfanti (ITA) 65.8
5  Sigfrid Larsson (SWE) 64.5
6  Reginald Baker (ANZ) 61.3

Group 5

Place Diver Score
1  Gottlob Walz (GER) 81.3
2  Harold Grote (USA) 79.5
3  Harold Smyrk (GBR) 78.3
4  Thomas Cross (GBR) 64.5


The two divers from each semifinal with the highest scores advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Diver Score
1  Kurt Behrens (GER) 83.0
2  Gottlob Walz (GER) 80.3
3  Herbert Pott (GBR) 79.6
4  Heinz Freyschmidt (GER) 79.3
5  Frank Errington (GBR) 72.6
6  Oskar Wetzell (FIN) 70.1

Semifinal 2

Place Diver Score
1  George Gaidzik (USA) 85.6
2  Albert Zürner (GER) 82.8
3  Fritz Nicolai (GER) 81.8
4  Harold Clarke (GBR) 81.1
5  Harold Grote (USA) 74.5


A tie for third place resulted in both divers receiving bronze medals.

Place Diver Score
1st, gold medalist(s)  Albert Zürner (GER) 85.5
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Kurt Behrens (GER) 85.3
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  George Gaidzik (USA) 80.8
 Gottlob Walz (GER) 80.8


  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Diving 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 21 May 2006.