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Gymnastics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Women's Individual All-Around

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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: Compulsory and optional exercise performed on all four apparatuses.

Gold: URS Larysa Latynina
Silver: HUN Ágnes Keleti
Bronze: URS Sofiya Muratova

Summary

Larysa Latynina had competed on the Soviet team at the 1954 World Championships, but was not a star and won no individual medals. By the time of the Melbourne Olympics, she had improved and won the gold medal in all-around comfortably over Hungarian Ágnes Keleti, with Latynina’s teammate, Sofiya Muratova taking bronze. Latynina would win six medals in Melbourne, including four golds, missing out only on the balance beam where she finished fourth. While a career for most gymnasts, Latynina would return and win six medals again in 1960 at Rome and 1964 at Tokyo, ending her career with 18 Olympic medals, an absolute Olympic record that lasted until Michael Phelps surpassed her at London in 2012, where he finished with 22 medals.

Muratova was the wife of Valentin Muratov, who also starred in Melbourne on the Soviet men’s team. She would competed again in Rome and end her Olympic career with eight medals and two golds. Keleti’s career had a different ending. She had competed at the 1952 Olympics, but after the Hungarian November Revolution of 1956, she defected while in Melbourne, and eventually settled in Israel, where she coached the national women’s team.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS CEP OEP
1 Larysa Latynina 21 Soviet Union URS Gold 74.933 37.233 37.700
2 Ágnes Keleti 35 Hungary HUN Silver 74.633 37.066 37.566
3 Sofiya Muratova 27 Soviet Union URS Bronze 74.466 37.266 37.200
4T Elena Leuştean-Popescu 21 Romania ROU 74.366 37.300 37.066
4T Olga Tass-Lemhényi 27 Hungary HUN 74.366 37.033 37.333
6 Tamara Manina 22 Soviet Union URS 74.233 36.900 37.333
7 Eva Bosáková-Věchtová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 74.100 36.933 37.166
8 Helena Rakoczy 34 Poland POL 73.700 36.566 37.133
9 Natalia Kot 18 Poland POL 73.633 36.833 36.800
10 Lyudmila Yegorova 25 Soviet Union URS 73.533 36.133 37.400
11 Anna Marejková 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 73.500 36.733 36.766
12 Margit Korondi 24 Hungary HUN 73.333 36.300 37.033
13 Keiko Tanaka-Ikeda 23 Japan JPN 73.100 36.733 36.366
14T Andrea Bodó-Molnár 22 Hungary HUN 72.900 36.533 36.366
14T Sonia Iovan-Inovan 21 Romania ROU 72.900 36.433 36.466
16 Gheorgheta Hurmuzachi 20 Romania ROU 72.733 36.200 36.533
17 Polina Astakhova 20 Soviet Union URS 72.700 36.166 36.533
18 Erzsébet Gulyás-Köteles 32 Hungary HUN 72.200 35.900 36.300
19 Ivanka Dolzheva 21 Bulgaria BUL 72.133 35.600 36.533
20 Emilia Vătăşoiu-Liţă 23 Romania ROU 72.100 35.800 36.300
21T Lidiya Kalinina-Ivanova 19 Soviet Union URS 72.033 36.400 35.633
21T Elena Mărgărit-Niculeşcu 20 Romania ROU 72.033 35.766 36.266
23 Mitsuka Ikeda 24 Japan JPN 71.900 36.233 35.666
24 Kazuko Sogabe 20 Japan JPN 71.833 35.600 36.233
25T Matylda Matoušková-Šínová 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 71.800 35.800 36.000
25T Danuta Nowak-Stachow 22 Poland POL 71.800 35.466 36.333
27 Dorota Horzonek-Jokiel 22 Poland POL 71.666 35.266 36.400
28 Miranda Cicognani 20 Italy ITA 71.600 36.166 35.433
29 Shizuko Sakashita 22 Japan JPN 71.500 35.500 36.000
30 Elena Săcălici Romania ROU 71.433 35.800 35.633
31 Ann-Sofi Pettersson-Colling 24 Sweden SWE 71.400 35.433 35.966
32 Věra Drazdíková 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 71.333 35.533 35.800
33 Tsvetanka Stancheva 27 Bulgaria BUL 71.266 35.100 36.166
34 Kyoko Kubota 23 Japan JPN 71.133 35.266 35.866
35 Suzuko Seki 20 Japan JPN 71.000 35.600 35.400
36 Saltirka Spasova-Tarpova 23 Bulgaria BUL 70.966 35.466 35.500
37T Luciana Reali 20 Italy ITA 70.933 34.966 35.966
37T Eva Rönström 23 Sweden SWE 70.933 34.900 36.033
39 Alena Reichová 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 70.866 35.433 35.433
40 Miroslava Brdíčková 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 70.833 35.400 35.433
41 Danièle Sicot-Coulon 21 France FRA 70.800 34.766 36.033
42 Rosella Cicognani 17 Italy ITA 70.766 34.533 36.233
43 Elisa Calsi 19 Italy ITA 70.733 35.200 35.533
44 Elena Lagorara 17 Italy ITA 70.700 34.733 35.966
45 Barbara Wilk-Ślizowska 21 Poland POL 70.533 35.300 35.233
46 Doris Hedberg 20 Sweden SWE 70.466 35.000 35.466
47 Lidia Szczerbińska 22 Poland POL 70.300 35.166 35.133
48 Karin Lindberg 27 Sweden SWE 70.033 34.266 35.766
49 Evy Berggren 22 Sweden SWE 69.966 34.600 35.366
50 Luciana Lagorara 19 Italy ITA 69.700 34.500 35.200
51 Sandra Ruddick 24 United States USA 69.133 35.166 33.966
52 Muriel Davis-Grossfeld 16 United States USA 68.933 34.900 34.033
53 Maude Karlén 23 Sweden SWE 68.800 33.966 34.833
54 Joyce Racek 18 United States USA 68.500 34.533 33.966
55 Jacquelyn Klein 19 United States USA 68.300 34.133 34.166
56 Ernestine Russell-Carter 18 Canada CAN 67.933 34.633 33.300
57 Doris Fuchs 18 United States USA 67.733 34.733 33.000
58 Judy Howe 21 United States USA 67.200 34.300 32.900
59 Annette Krier 19 Luxembourg LUX 66.266 32.633 33.633
60 Pat Hirst 38 Great Britain GBR 65.833 33.366 32.466
61 Aliz Kertész 21 Hungary HUN 63.400 36.466 26.933
62 Ing Fraser Australia AUS 62.433 32.700 29.733
63 Barbara Cunningham 30 Australia AUS 61.700 31.966 29.733
64 Wendy Nicholls 19 Australia AUS 60.533 28.900 31.633
65 Jacqueline Dieudonné 23 France FRA 8.266 8.266 0.000