Gymnastics at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Gymnastics at the 1956 Summer Olympics was represented by 15 events: 7 for women and 8 for men. All events were held at the West Melbourne Stadium between December 3 and December 7. It is located some 3.4 km north-west of the main Olympic venue, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and named Festival Hall as of 2006.[1]

Format of competitionEdit

Each country was allowed to enter a team of eight gymnasts, but in contrast to the previous Olympics not more than six of them were allowed to participate in all exercises. Nations with incomplete teams, could enter one to three gymnasts for the individual competition.

Men's competitionEdit

The team included from five to eight gymnasts. Each team member performed compulsory and optional routines on each of six apparatus. Gymnast's scores in these performances counted for all of the events. Scores of gymnasts from incomplete teams counted only for individual events.

Like in the women's events, five best scores constituted the team's score for the routine. These scores constituted the overall team's totals.

Women's competitionEdit

Each team member performed compulsory and optional routines on each of four apparatus. Gymnast's scores in these performances counted for all of the events, except the separate team exercise with portable apparatus event (also known as group exercise with hand apparatus event), which was a group rhythmic exercises similar to the group competition event in rhythmic gymnastics. Scores of gymnasts from incomplete teams counted only for individual events.

The scoring in the team competition was different from the one at the previous Olympics, its principle became the same, as for men's events: five best scores constituted the team's score for the routine; these scores constituted the overall team's totals.

Medal summaryEdit

Men’s eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual all-around
details
Viktor Chukarin
  Soviet Union
Takashi Ono
  Japan
Yuri Titov
  Soviet Union
Team all-around
details
  Soviet Union (URS)
Albert Azaryan
Viktor Chukarin
Valentin Muratov
Boris Shakhlin
Pavel Stolbov
Yuri Titov
  Japan (JPN)
Nobuyuki Aihara
Akira Kono
Masami Kubota
Takashi Ono
Masao Takemoto
Shinsaku Tsukawaki
  Finland (FIN)
Raimo Heinonen
Olavi Laimuvirta
Onni Lappalainen
Berndt Lindfors
Martti Mansikka
Kalevi Suoniemi
Floor exercise
details
Valentin Muratov
  Soviet Union
Nobuyuki Aihara
  Japan
none awarded
William Thoresson
  Sweden
Viktor Chukarin
  Soviet Union
Horizontal bar
details
Takashi Ono
  Japan
Yuri Titov
  Soviet Union
Masao Takemoto
  Japan
Parallel bars
details
Viktor Chukarin
  Soviet Union
Masumi Kubota
  Japan
Takashi Ono
  Japan
Masao Takemoto
  Japan
Pommel horse
details
Boris Shakhlin
  Soviet Union
Takashi Ono
  Japan
Viktor Chukarin
  Soviet Union
Rings
details
Albert Azaryan
  Soviet Union
Valentin Muratov
  Soviet Union
Masao Takemoto
  Japan
Masumi Kubota
  Japan
Vault
details
Helmut Bantz
  United Team of Germany
none awarded Yuri Titov
  Soviet Union
Valentin Muratov
  Soviet Union

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual all-around
details
Larisa Latynina
  Soviet Union
Ágnes Keleti
  Hungary
Sofia Muratova
  Soviet Union
Team all-around
details
  Soviet Union (URS)
Polina Astakhova
Lyudmila Yegorova
Lidia Kalinina
Larisa Latynina
Tamara Manina
Sofia Muratova
  Hungary (HUN)
Andrea Molnár-Bodó
Erzsébet Gulyás-Köteles
Ágnes Keleti
Alice Kertész
Margit Korondi
Olga Lemhényi-Tass
  Romania (ROU)
Georgeta Hurmuzachi
Sonia Iovan
Elena Leuşteanu
Elena Mărgărit
Elena Săcălici
Emilia Vătăşoiu
Balance beam
details
Ágnes Keleti
  Hungary
Eva Bosáková
  Czechoslovakia
none awarded
Tamara Manina
  Soviet Union
Floor exercise
details
Ágnes Keleti
  Hungary
none awarded Elena Leuşteanu
  Romania
Larisa Latynina
  Soviet Union
Uneven bars
details
Ágnes Keleti
  Hungary
Larisa Latynina
  Soviet Union
Sofia Muratova
  Soviet Union
Vault
details
Larisa Latynina
  Soviet Union
Tamara Manina
  Soviet Union
Olga Lemhényi-Tass
  Hungary
Ann-Sofi Pettersson
  Sweden
Team, portable apparatus
details
  Hungary (HUN)
Andrea Molnár-Bodó
Erzsébet Gulyás-Köteles
Ágnes Keleti
Alice Kertész
Margit Korondi
Olga Lemhényi-Tass
  Sweden (SWE)
Karin Lindberg
Ann-Sofi Pettersson
Eva Rönström
Evy Berggren
Doris Hedberg
Maud Karlén
  Soviet Union (URS)
Polina Astakhova
Lyudmila Yegorova
Lidia Kalinina
Larisa Latynina
Tamara Manina
Sofia Muratova
  Poland (POL)
Helena Rakoczy
Natalia Kot-Wala
Danuta Stachow
Dorota Horzonek-Jokiel
Barbara Ślizowska
Lidia Szczerbińska

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union (URS)116623
2  Hungary (HUN)4217
3  Japan (JPN)15511
4  United Team of Germany (EUA)1001
5  Sweden (SWE)0213
6  Czechoslovakia (TCH)0101
7  Romania (ROU)0022
8  Finland (FIN)0011
  Poland (POL)0011
Totals (9 nations)17161750


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gymnastics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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