Gymnastics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's balance beam

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Women's balance beam
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
1st, gold medalist(s) Olga Korbut  Soviet Union
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tamara Lazakovich  Soviet Union
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Karin Janz  East Germany
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Gymnastics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Team all-around   men   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

These are the results of the women's balance beam competition, one of six events for female competitors in artistic gymnastics at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The qualification and final rounds took place on August 27, 28 and 31st at the Sports Hall.



One-hundred eighteen gymnasts competed in the compulsory and optional rounds on August 27 and 28. The six highest scoring gymnasts advanced to the final on August 31.


Rank Gymnast C O Prelim Final Total
Gold medal icon.svg  Olga Korbut (URS) 9.250 9.750 9.500 9.900 19.400
Silver medal icon.svg  Tamara Lazakovich (URS) 9.400 9.750 9.575 9.800 19.375
Bronze medal icon.svg  Karin Janz (GDR) 9.350 9.500 9.425 9.550 18.975
4  Monika Csaszar (HUN) 9.250 9.400 9.325 9.600 18.925
5  Ludmila Tourischeva (URS) 9.050 9.750 9.400 9.400 18.800
6  Erika Zuchold (GDR) 9.250 9.350 9.300 9.400 18.700