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Gymnastics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Women's Balance Beam

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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: HUN Ágnes Keleti
Silver: TCH Eva Bosáková-Věchtová
URS Tamara Manina

Summary

Hungary’s Ágnes Keleti won gold on the balance beam, one of her three apparatus gold medals in Melbourne, missing out only on the vault. She had also competed at the 1952 Olympics, but her Olympic career ended when she defected to Australia after the Melbourne Games, eventually settling in Israel. The silver medal was shared by Soviet Tamara Manina and Czechoslovak Eva Bosáková-Věchtová, who would win the gold medal on beam at Rome in 1960.

The 1956 women’s balance beam has some historical importance. During her Olympic career, Larysa Latynina won 18 Olympic medals, an absolute Olympic record that lasted until 2012 when Michael Phelps increased his total to 22 in London. Latynina competed in 19 Olympic events at three Olympics (1956-64), winning a medal in all but one of them – the 1956 balance beam in which she finished in a tie for fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS CEP OEP
1 Ágnes Keleti 35 Hungary HUN Gold 18.800 9.433 9.366
2T Eva Bosáková-Věchtová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver 18.633 9.300 9.333
2T Tamara Manina 22 Soviet Union URS Silver 18.633 9.233 9.400
4T Larysa Latynina 21 Soviet Union URS 18.533 9.300 9.233
4T Anna Marejková 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 18.533 9.300 9.233
6 Elena Leuştean-Popescu 21 Romania ROU 18.500 9.300 9.200
7T Margit Korondi 24 Hungary HUN 18.466 9.266 9.200
7T Olga Tass-Lemhényi 27 Hungary HUN 18.466 9.233 9.233
7T Lyudmila Yegorova 25 Soviet Union URS 18.466 9.100 9.366
10 Sofiya Muratova 27 Soviet Union URS 18.433 9.166 9.266
11 Sonia Iovan-Inovan 21 Romania ROU 18.266 9.100 9.166
12 Emilia Vătăşoiu-Liţă 23 Romania ROU 18.233 9.100 9.133
13T Natalia Kot 18 Poland POL 18.166 9.100 9.066
13T Polina Astakhova 20 Soviet Union URS 18.166 9.066 9.100
13T Kazuko Sogabe 20 Japan JPN 18.166 9.066 9.100
16T Andrea Bodó-Molnár 22 Hungary HUN 18.133 9.066 9.066
16T Helena Rakoczy 34 Poland POL 18.133 9.033 9.100
16T Shizuko Sakashita 22 Japan JPN 18.133 8.966 9.166
19 Erzsébet Gulyás-Köteles 32 Hungary HUN 18.100 9.066 9.033
20 Kyoko Kubota 23 Japan JPN 18.066 8.966 9.100
21T Keiko Tanaka-Ikeda 23 Japan JPN 18.000 9.266 8.733
21T Lidiya Kalinina-Ivanova 19 Soviet Union URS 18.000 8.900 9.100
23 Aliz Kertész 21 Hungary HUN 17.966 9.300 8.666
24 Elisa Calsi 19 Italy ITA 17.933 9.000 8.933
25 Danièle Sicot-Coulon 21 France FRA 17.900 8.900 9.000
26T Dorota Horzonek-Jokiel 22 Poland POL 17.866 8.833 9.033
26T Ivanka Dolzheva 21 Bulgaria BUL 17.866 8.800 9.066
28 Věra Drazdíková 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 17.800 8.766 9.033
29 Gheorgheta Hurmuzachi 20 Romania ROU 17.766 8.933 8.833
30T Lidia Szczerbińska 22 Poland POL 17.633 8.866 8.766
30T Elena Mărgărit-Niculeşcu 20 Romania ROU 17.633 8.833 8.800
32 Muriel Davis-Grossfeld 16 United States USA 17.600 8.633 8.966
33T Miroslava Brdíčková 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 17.566 8.800 8.766
33T Danuta Nowak-Stachow 22 Poland POL 17.566 8.633 8.933
33T Tsvetanka Stancheva 27 Bulgaria BUL 17.566 8.366 9.200
36T Suzuko Seki 20 Japan JPN 17.500 9.100 8.400
36T Alena Reichová 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 17.500 8.600 8.900
38 Matylda Matoušková-Šínová 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 17.466 8.566 8.900
39T Mitsuka Ikeda 24 Japan JPN 17.433 9.033 8.400
39T Rosella Cicognani 17 Italy ITA 17.433 8.566 8.866
41T Luciana Reali 20 Italy ITA 17.400 8.700 8.700
41T Ann-Sofi Pettersson-Colling 24 Sweden SWE 17.400 8.600 8.800
43 Barbara Wilk-Ślizowska 21 Poland POL 17.333 8.700 8.633
44T Elena Săcălici Romania ROU 17.300 8.966 8.333
44T Elena Lagorara 17 Italy ITA 17.300 8.633 8.666
46 Karin Lindberg 27 Sweden SWE 17.233 8.266 8.966
47T Miranda Cicognani 20 Italy ITA 17.133 9.033 8.100
47T Luciana Lagorara 19 Italy ITA 17.133 8.566 8.566
49 Jacquelyn Klein 19 United States USA 17.100 8.366 8.733
50T Eva Rönström 23 Sweden SWE 16.900 8.166 8.733
50T Maude Karlén 23 Sweden SWE 16.900 8.033 8.866
52T Judy Howe 21 United States USA 16.866 8.466 8.400
52T Evy Berggren 22 Sweden SWE 16.866 8.000 8.866
54 Saltirka Spasova-Tarpova 23 Bulgaria BUL 16.833 8.700 8.133
55 Sandra Ruddick 24 United States USA 16.466 8.333 8.133
56 Doris Hedberg 20 Sweden SWE 16.400 8.466 7.933
57 Wendy Nicholls 19 Australia AUS 16.366 8.333 8.033
58 Joyce Racek 18 United States USA 16.333 8.600 7.733
59 Annette Krier 19 Luxembourg LUX 15.966 7.433 8.533
60 Pat Hirst 38 Great Britain GBR 15.900 7.733 8.166
61 Ernestine Russell-Carter 18 Canada CAN 15.766 8.666 7.100
62 Ing Fraser Australia AUS 15.733 8.200 7.533
63 Doris Fuchs 18 United States USA 14.933 8.300 6.633
64 Barbara Cunningham 30 Australia AUS 14.200 7.966 6.233