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Gymnastics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Rings

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 3, 1956
Date Finished: December 7, 1956
Format: Placement determined by best scores on apparatus in individual all-around event.

Gold: URS Albert Azaryan
Silver: URS Valentin Muratov
Bronze: JPN Masami Kubota
JPN Masao Takemoto

Summary

Armenian Albert Azaryan was a rings specialist who had won the 1954 World Championships and won the gold medal in Melbourne, and would defend in Rome. He invented the Olympic cross, a variant of the iron cross, in which the gymnast is stationary on the rings with his arms outstretched at shoulder height. In the Olympic cross, the gymnast twists first to one side then the other. It originated at the 1953 Soviet Championships when Russian judges told the Armenian coach their gymnasts were not holding their crosses long enough. Azaryan went into an iron cross, then turned to the judges on one side, asking, “Is this long enough?” and then repeated the maneuver to opposite side.

This event was fully dominated by the Soviet Union and Japan who filled the first eight places, with five Japanese and three Soviets. Silver went to Soviet Valentin Muratov while the bronze was won by Masami Kubota. Kubota also won apparatus bronze medals on the parallel bars and horizontal bar, while Muratov won apparatus golds on the vault and floor exercise. Azaryan’s son, Eduard, would compete in gymnastics at the 1980 Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS CEP OEP
1 Albert Azaryan 27 Soviet Union URS Gold 19.35 9.55 9.80
2 Valentin Muratov 28 Soviet Union URS Silver 19.15 9.60 9.55
3T Masao Takemoto 37 Japan JPN Bronze 19.10 9.60 9.50
3T Masami Kubota 24 Japan JPN Bronze 19.10 9.60 9.50
5T Nobuyuki Aihara 21 Japan JPN 19.05 9.55 9.50
5T Takashi Ono 25 Japan JPN 19.05 9.50 9.55
7T Shinsaku Tsukawaki 25 Japan JPN 19.00 9.50 9.50
7T Viktor Chukarin 35 Soviet Union URS 19.00 9.40 9.60
9 Ferdinand Daniš 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 18.90 9.45 9.45
10T Yury Titov 20 Soviet Union URS 18.85 9.40 9.45
10T Berndt Lindfors 24 Finland FIN 18.85 9.45 9.40
12T Pavel Stolbov 27 Soviet Union URS 18.80 9.40 9.40
12T Kalevi Suoniemi 25 Finland FIN 18.80 9.30 9.50
14 Robert Klein 30 Germany GER 18.75 9.40 9.35
15T Akira Kono 27 Japan JPN 18.70 9.40 9.30
15T Borys Shakhlin 24 Soviet Union URS 18.70 9.35 9.35
17 Dick Beckner 28 United States USA 18.65 9.35 9.30
18 Helmut Bantz 35 Germany GER 18.60 9.25 9.35
19 Vladimír Kejř 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 18.50 9.30 9.20
20T Velik Kapsazov 21 Bulgaria BUL 18.45 9.20 9.25
20T Armando Vega 21 United States USA 18.45 9.05 9.40
22 Zdeněk Růžička 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 18.30 9.10 9.20
23T Martti Mansikka 23 Finland FIN 18.20 9.15 9.05
23T Josef Škvor 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 18.20 9.15 9.05
23T Hans Pfann 36 Germany GER 18.20 9.10 9.10
23T Attila Takács 27 Hungary HUN 18.20 8.90 9.30
27 Onni Lappalainen 34 Finland FIN 18.15 8.95 9.20
28T János Héder 23 Hungary HUN 18.10 8.95 9.15
28T Jaroslav Bím 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 18.10 8.90 9.20
30 Theo Wied 33 Germany GER 17.80 9.05 8.75
31 Jack Beckner 26 United States USA 17.75 8.70 9.05
32T Jaroslav Mikoška 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 17.65 8.75 8.90
32T Erich Wied 33 Germany GER 17.65 8.70 8.95
34T Abie Grossfeld 22 United States USA 17.50 9.20 8.30
34T Charles Simms 28 United States USA 17.50 8.70 8.80
36 Raymond Dot 29 France FRA 17.45 8.60 8.85
37 Josy Stoffel 28 Luxembourg LUX 17.40 8.50 8.90
38T Frank Turner 34 Great Britain GBR 17.25 8.75 8.50
38T Hans Sauter 31 Austria AUT 17.25 8.55 8.70
40 Olavi Leimuvirta 20 Finland FIN 17.15 8.75 8.40
41 Michel Mathiot 30 France FRA 17.00 8.85 8.15
42T Nik Stuart 29 Great Britain GBR 16.85 9.15 7.70
42T Ed Gagnier 20 Canada CAN 16.85 8.40 8.45
42T Bill Tom 33 United States USA 16.85 8.10 8.75
45 Raimo Heinonen 21 Finland FIN 16.75 7.85 8.90
46T Jean Guillou 25 France FRA 16.60 8.60 8.00
46T William Thoresson 24 Sweden SWE 16.60 8.20 8.40
48 Jakob Kiefer 36 Germany GER 16.50 8.35 8.15
49 John Lees Australia AUS 16.40 7.95 8.45
50 Rafael Lecuona 28 Cuba CUB 16.00 7.70 8.30
51 Bruce Sharp 25 Australia AUS 15.95 8.10 7.85
52 Ronnie Lombard 28 South Africa RSA 15.90 7.60 8.30
53 Jack Wells 30 South Africa RSA 15.85 7.35 8.50
54 Stoyan Stoyanov 25 Bulgaria BUL 15.65 7.05 8.60
55 Mincho Todorov Bulgaria BUL 15.55 7.65 7.90
56 David Gourlay Australia AUS 15.45 7.55 7.90
57 Kurt Wigartz 23 Sweden SWE 15.30 6.90 8.40
58 Graham Bond 19 Australia AUS 14.85 7.00 7.85
59 Brian Blackburn Australia AUS 14.55 7.50 7.05
60 Noel Punton 24 Australia AUS 14.35 6.80 7.55
61 Sham Lal India IND 13.50 6.90 6.60
62 Pritam Singh India IND 10.75 6.00 4.75
63 Anant Ram 24 India IND 6.75 4.75 2.00