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Gymnastics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Women's Team All-Around

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Date Started: August 13, 1948
Date Finished: August 14, 1948
Format: Eight-person teams. Best six individual total scores to count towards team score.

Gold: TCH Czechoslovakia
Silver: HUN Hungary
Bronze: USA United States

Summary

The women’s team event was marred by tragedy prior to the competition. The co-favorites were considered to be Czechoslovakia and Hungary, although there had been few international competitions since World War II had ended. Czechoslovakia brought two Misáková sisters – Eliska and Miloslava. But Eliska contracted poliomyelitis on arriving in England, and was quickly placed into an iron lung for four days at Uxbridge Isolation Hospital. She died on the day the women’s gymnastic event started. Czechoslovakia still competed and won the gold medal fairly easily over Hungary, with the United States taking bronze. Zdena Veřmiřovská was the leading scorer overall and for the Czechoslovak team. At the victory ceremony, the Czechoslovak flag was raised with a black border around it in mourning for Eliska.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal TP IP GEP
1 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 445.45 316.70 128.75
2 Hungary HUN Silver 440.55 316.70 123.85
3 United States USA Bronze 422.60 303.15 119.45
4 Sweden SWE 417.95 303.35 114.60
5 Netherlands NED 408.35 285.25 123.10
6 Austria AUT 405.45 291.65 113.80
7 Yugoslavia YUG 397.90 278.90 119.00
8 Italy ITA 394.20 281.60 112.60
9 Great Britain GBR 392.95 285.90 107.05
10 France FRA 384.65 280.15 104.50
11 Belgium BEL 353.60 241.85 111.75