DURHAM, N.C., JULY 19 -- Greg Louganis executed one of the most spectacular dives of his record-setting career today to win his 12th U.S. Olympic Festival gold medal in 10-meter platform diving.
Louganis, 27 and the holder of 41 national titles, five world championships and two gold medals from the 1984 Olympics, extended his Festival record for championships with his sixth straight from the platform. He clinched the victory with a reverse 3 1/2 somersault from the tuck position on his last dive.
He received three perfect marks of 10 and 97.92 points for that effort, his third-highest score ever and his second-best on the platform. Louganis' best score was 99.00 in springboard in the 1982 world championships in Ecuador. He also had a score in the 98s at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1984.
Overall, Louganis finished with 664.59 points, more than 32 ahead of runner-up Bruce Kimball of Ann Arbor, Mich. "I just wanted to relax and do the dive the way I know how," said Louganis, who was rewarded with a loud ovation from the overflow crowd of about 2,500.
Tonight, Brian Boitano missed badly in his fourth attempt at making a quadruple jump in competition, but his overall performance helped the West win the men's long program in figure skating in Greensboro.
The North, which won the women's singles and the dance, was the overall winner with 638.18 points. Only team scores were kept.