Gymnastics at the 1956 Summer Olympics

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Gymnastics at the
1956 Summer Olympics
Artistic
Team all-around   men   women
Team Portable
Apparatus
  women

Individual all-around men women
Vault men women
Floor men women
Pommel horse men
Rings men
Parallel bars men
Horizontal bar men
Uneven bars women
Balance beam women

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.

Format of competition[edit]

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 competition[edit]

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 competition[edit]

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 summary[edit]

Men’s events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
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
Individual all-around
details
 Viktor Chukarin
Soviet Union (URS)
 Takashi Ono
Japan (JPN)
 Yuri Titov
Soviet Union (URS)
Floor
details
 Valentin Muratov
Soviet Union (URS)
 Nobuyuki Aihara
Japan (JPN)
none awarded
 William Thoresson
Sweden (SWE)
 Viktor Chukarin
Soviet Union (URS)
Pommel horse
details
 Boris Shakhlin
Soviet Union (URS)
 Takashi Ono
Japan (JPN)
 Viktor Chukarin
Soviet Union (URS)
Rings
details
 Albert Azaryan
Soviet Union (URS)
 Valentin Muratov
Soviet Union (URS)
 Masao Takemoto
Japan (JPN)
 Masumi Kubota
Japan (JPN)
Vault
details
 Helmut Bantz
Germany (EUA)
none awarded  Yuri Titov
Soviet Union (URS)
 Valentin Muratov
Soviet Union (URS)
Parallel bars
details
 Viktor Chukarin
Soviet Union (URS)
 Masumi Kubota
Japan (JPN)
 Takashi Ono
Japan (JPN)
 Masao Takemoto
Japan (JPN)
Horizontal bar
details
 Takashi Ono
Japan (JPN)
 Yuri Titov
Soviet Union (URS)
 Masao Takemoto
Japan (JPN)

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team all-around
details
 Soviet Union (URS)
Polina Astakhova
Ludmila Egorova
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
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
Ludmila Egorova
Lidia Kalinina
Larisa Latynina
Tamara Manina
Sofia Muratova
 Poland (POL)
Helena Rakoczy
Natalia Kot
Danuta Nowak-Stachow
Dorota Horzonek-Jokiel
Barbara Wilk-Ślizowska
Lidia Szczerbińska
Individual all-around
details
 Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (URS)
 Ágnes Keleti
Hungary (HUN)
 Sofia Muratova
Soviet Union (URS)
Vault
details
 Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (URS)
 Tamara Manina
Soviet Union (URS)
 Olga Lemhényi-Tass
Hungary (HUN)
 Ann-Sofi Pettersson
Sweden (SWE)
Uneven bars
details
 Ágnes Keleti
Hungary (HUN)
 Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (URS)
 Sofia Muratova
Soviet Union (URS)
Balance beam
details
 Ágnes Keleti
Hungary (HUN)
 Eva Bosáková
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
none awarded
 Tamara Manina
Soviet Union (URS)
Floor
details
 Ágnes Keleti
Hungary (HUN)
none awarded  Elena Leuşteanu
Romania (ROU)
 Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (URS)

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union (URS) 11 6 6 23
2  Hungary (HUN) 4 2 1 7
3  Japan (JPN) 1 5 5 11
4  Germany (EUA) 1 0 0 1
5  Sweden (SWE) 0 2 1 3
6  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 0 1 0 1
7  Romania (ROU) 0 0 2 2
8  Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
 Poland (POL) 0 0 1 1

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