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
Takashi Ono
 Japan
Yuri Titov
 Soviet Union
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 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
Ágnes Keleti
 Hungary
Sofia Muratova
 Soviet Union
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

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  United Team of 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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