Diving at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Women's 3 metre springboard

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Women's 3 metre springboard
at the Games of the XI Olympiad
1st, gold medalist(s) Marjorie Gestring  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Katherine Rawls  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dorothy Poynton-Hill  United States
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Diving at the
1936 Summer Olympics
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3 m springboard   men   women
10 m platform   men   women

The women's 3 metre springboard, also reported as springboard diving, was one of four diving events on the diving at the 1936 Summer Olympics programme.

The competition, held on Wednesday August 12, was split into two sets of dives held on the same day:

  1. Compulsory dives
    Divers performed three pre-chosen dives – a running straight somersault forward, standing header backward with pike, and running straight isander-half gainer.
  2. Facultative dives
    Divers performed three dives of their choice (from different categories and different from the compulsory).

Sixteen divers from nine nations competed.


Place Diver Score
1st, gold medalist(s)  Marjorie Gestring (USA) 89.27
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Katherine Rawls (USA) 88.35
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Dorothy Poynton-Hill (USA) 82.36
4  Gerda Daumerlang (GER) 78.27
5  Olga Jensch-Jordan (GER) 77.98
6  Masayo Osawa (JPN) 73.94
7  Suse Heinz (GER) 71.49
8  Fusako Kono (JPN) 70.27
9  Betty Slade (GBR) 69.95
10  Lynda Adams (CAN) 67.44
11  Inger Nordbø (NOR) 65.94
12  Alma Staudinger (AUT) 65.76
13  Katinka Larsen (GBR) 64.00
14  Annie Villiger (SUI) 62.38
15  Thelma Boughner (CAN) 60.04
16  Cécile Lesprit-Poirier (FRA) 58.86