Gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics

At the 1976 Summer Olympics, fourteen different artistic gymnastics events were contested, eight for men and six for women. All events were held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal from July 18 through 23.[1]

For the first time in Olympic competition, countries were limited to having three gymnasts in the all-around competition and two gymnasts in each apparatus final. This was a controversial decision, which prevented many gymnasts of strong teams from competing in the finals. In addition, for the first time the number of countries allowed to bring full teams of six gymnasts and compete in the team competition was limited to twelve. The results of the team competition at the previous world championships determined which countries were allowed to bring teams.

Format of competitionEdit

The gymnastics competition at the 1976 Summer Olympics was carried out in three stages:

  • Competition I - The team competition/qualification round in which all gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, performed both compulsory and optional exercises. The combined scores of all team members determined the final score of the team. The thirty-six overall highest scoring gymnasts qualified to the individual all-around competition. The six highest scoring gymnasts on each apparatus qualified to the final for that apparatus.
  • Competition II - The individual all-around competition, in which those who qualified from Competition I performed exercises on each apparatus. The final score of each gymnast was composed of half the points earned by that gymnast during Competition I and all of the points earned by him or her in Competition II.
  • Competition III - The apparatus finals, in which those who qualified during Competition I performed an exercise on the individual apparatus on which he or she had qualified. The final score of each gymnast was composed of half the points earned by that gymnast on that particular apparatus during Competition I and all of the points earned by him or her on that particular apparatus in Competition III.

Each country was limited to three gymnasts in the all-around final and two gymnasts in each apparatus final.

Medal summaryEdit

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual all-around
details
Nikolai Andrianov
  Soviet Union
Sawao Kato
  Japan
Mitsuo Tsukahara
  Japan
Team all-around
details
  Japan (JPN)
Shun Fujimoto
Hisato Igarashi
Hiroshi Kajiyama
Sawao Kato
Eizo Kenmotsu
Mitsuo Tsukahara
  Soviet Union (URS)
Nikolai Andrianov
Alexander Dityatin
Gennady Krysin
Vladimir Marchenko
Vladimir Markelov
Vladimir Tikhonov
  East Germany (GDR)
Roland Brückner
Rainer Hanschke
Bernd Jäger
Wolfgang Klotz
Lutz Mack
Michael Nikolay
Floor exercise
details
Nikolai Andrianov
  Soviet Union
Vladimir Marchenko
  Soviet Union
Peter Kormann
  United States
Horizontal bar
details
Mitsuo Tsukahara
  Japan
Eizo Kenmotsu
  Japan
Eberhard Gienger
  West Germany
Henri Boerio
  France
Parallel bars
details
Sawao Kato
  Japan
Nikolai Andrianov
  Soviet Union
Mitsuo Tsukahara
  Japan
Pommel horse
details
Zoltán Magyar
  Hungary
Eizo Kenmotsu
  Japan
Nikolai Andrianov
  Soviet Union
Michael Nikolay
  East Germany
Rings
details
Nikolai Andrianov
  Soviet Union
Alexander Dityatin
  Soviet Union
Danuţ Grecu
  Romania
Vault
details
Nikolai Andrianov
  Soviet Union
Mitsuo Tsukahara
  Japan
Hiroshi Kajiyama
  Japan

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual all-around
details
Nadia Comăneci
  Romania
Nellie Kim
  Soviet Union
Ludmila Tourischeva
  Soviet Union
Team all-around
details
  Soviet Union (URS)
Maria Filatova
Svetlana Grozdova
Nellie Kim
Olga Korbut
Elvira Saadi
Ludmila Tourischeva
  Romania (ROM)
Nadia Comăneci
Mariana Constantin
Georgeta Gabor
Anca Grigoraș
Gabriela Trușcă
Teodora Ungureanu
  East Germany (GDR)
Carola Dombeck
Gitta Escher
Kerstin Gerschau
Angelika Hellmann
Marion Kische
Steffi Kräker
Balance beam
details
Nadia Comăneci
  Romania
Olga Korbut
  Soviet Union
Teodora Ungureanu
  Romania
Floor exercise
details
Nellie Kim
  Soviet Union
Ludmila Tourischeva
  Soviet Union
Nadia Comăneci
  Romania
Uneven bars
details
Nadia Comăneci
  Romania
Teodora Ungureanu
  Romania
Márta Egervári
  Hungary
Vault
details
Nellie Kim
  Soviet Union
Ludmila Tourischeva
  Soviet Union
Carola Dombeck
  East Germany
None awarded

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union78217
2  Japan34310
3  Romania3238
4  Hungary1012
5  East Germany0134
6  France0011
  United States0011
  West Germany0011
Totals (8 nations)14151544

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gymnastics at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2019.

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