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Gymnastics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's Balance Beam

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Sports Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972

Gold: URS Olga Korbut
Silver: URS Tamara Lazakovich
Bronze: GDR Karin Janz

Summary

The format was similar to 1964 and 1968, with the best six gymnasts in the team all-around advancing to the apparatus final, with the final apparatus score made up of 50% of the all-around total and a final optional program. Soviet Tamara Lazakovich led after the team qualifying but was bested in the final by her teammate, Olga Korbut, who won the gold medal. Korbut would return and win the silver medal in this event at Montréal. American Cathy Rigby had won a silver medal in this event at the 1970 World Championships and was thought to have a chance to become the first American woman to win an individual Olympic medal, but Rigby placed only sixth in qualifying, and failed to make the final based on a tiebreaker.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Olga Korbut 17 Soviet Union URS Gold 19.400
2 Tamara Lazakovich 18 Soviet Union URS Silver 19.375
3 Karin Janz 20 East Germany GDR Bronze 18.975
4 Mónika Császár 17 Hungary HUN 18.925
5 Lyudmila Turishcheva 19 Soviet Union URS 18.800
6 Erika Zuchold 25 East Germany GDR 18.700
6T QR Cathy Rigby 19 United States USA
8 QR Lyubov Burda 19 Soviet Union URS
9 QR Krisztina Medveczky 14 Hungary HUN
10T QR Elvira Saadi 20 Soviet Union URS
10T QR Ilona Békési 18 Hungary HUN
12T QR Angelika Hellmann 18 East Germany GDR
12T QR Antonina Koshel 17 Soviet Union URS
14T QR Kimberly Chace 16 United States USA
14T QR Marianna Némethová-Krajčírová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
16 QR Márta Kelemen 17 Hungary HUN
17T QR Richarda Schmeißer 18 East Germany GDR
17T QR Kayoko Hashiguchi-Saka 28 Japan JPN
17T QR Roxanne Pierce 17 United States USA
17T QR Zdenka Bujnáčková 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
21 QR Christine Schmitt 19 East Germany GDR
22T QR Irene Abel 19 East Germany GDR
22T QR Elena Ceampelea 25 Romania ROU
22T QR Ans Smulders-van Gerwen 21 Netherlands NED
25T QR Joan Moore 18 United States USA
25T QR Eiko Hirashima 21 Japan JPN
27T QR Nancy Thies 15 United States USA
27T QR Anikó Kéry 16 Hungary HUN
27T QR Anca Grigoraş 14 Romania ROU
30T QR Kazue Hanyu 21 Japan JPN
30T QR Käthi Fritschi 18 Switzerland SUI
32 QR Miyuki Matsuhisa-Hironaka 27 Japan JPN
33 QR Soňa Brázdová 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
34 QR Zsuzsa Nagy 20 Hungary HUN
35T QR Angelika Kern 19 West Germany FRG
35T QR Linda Metheny 25 United States USA
37T QR Takako Hasegawa 21 Japan JPN
37T QR Marcela Váchová 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
37T QR Ulrike Weyh 15 West Germany FRG
37T QR Ans Dekker 17 Netherlands NED
41 QR Teresa McDonnell 18 Canada CAN
42T QR Hana Lišková 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
42T QR Uta Schorn 15 West Germany FRG
42T QR Jutta Oltersdorf 16 West Germany FRG
42T QR Nataša Bajin-Šljepica 26 Yugoslavia YUG
42T QR Cinzia Delisi 15 Italy ITA
47T QR Gabriella Marchi 16 Italy ITA
47T QR Paula Ioan 17 Romania ROU
47T QR Angela Alberti 23 Italy ITA
50T QR Alina Goreac 19 Romania ROU
50T QR Liselotte Marti 16 Switzerland SUI
50T QR Małgorzata Barlak-Kamasińska 20 Poland POL
53 QR Danuta Fidusiewicz-Prusinowska 20 Poland POL
54T QR Zdena Dorňáková 15 Czechoslovakia TCH
54T QR Elisabeta Turcu 19 Romania ROU
54T QR Marcela Păunescu 17 Romania ROU
54T QR Unni Holmen 19 Norway NOR
54T QR Patrizia Bazzi 15 Switzerland SUI
54T QR Mireille Cayre 25 France FRA
54T QR Irina Khitrova 18 Bulgaria BUL
54T QR Margo Velema 16 Netherlands NED
62T QR Jennifer Diachun 19 Canada CAN
62T QR Andrea Niederheide-Bieger 14 West Germany FRG
64T QR Véronique Tilmont 17 France FRA
64T QR Toshiko Miyamoto 18 Japan JPN
64T QR Nel van der Voort 20 Netherlands NED
67T QR Pamela Hutchinson 18 Great Britain GBR
67T QR Nancy McDonnell 17 Canada CAN
69T QR Evdokiya Pandezova 24 Bulgaria BUL
69T QR Nevenka Puškarević 20 Yugoslavia YUG
69T QR Maya Blagoeva 16 Bulgaria BUL
72T QR Elena Georgieva 25 Bulgaria BUL
72T QR Monica Stefani 14 Italy ITA
72T QR Rita Peri 15 Italy ITA
75T QR Jill Kvamme-Schau 24 Norway NOR
75T QR Barbara Alred 18 Great Britain GBR
75T QR Gro Sandberg 16 Norway NOR
75T QR Ikina Morsch 16 Netherlands NED
79T QR Pascale Hermant 15 France FRA
79T QR Maria Grazia Mancuso 16 Italy ITA
79T QR Slaviča Kundačina 17 Yugoslavia YUG
79T QR Sharon Tsukamoto 19 Canada CAN
79T QR Sidsel Ekholdt 16 Norway NOR
79T QR Ingrid Santer 17 West Germany FRG
85T QR Catherine Daugé 15 France FRA
85T QR Nadine Audin 14 France FRA
85T QR Marija Težak 15 Yugoslavia YUG
85T QR Marie Lundqvist-Björk 25 Sweden SWE
89T QR Dorota Klencz 17 Poland POL
89T QR Trine Andresen 16 Norway NOR
91T QR Joanna Bartosz 18 Poland POL
91T QR Łucja Matraszek-Chydzińska 18 Poland POL
93 QR Elaine Willett 16 Great Britain GBR
94 QR Dianne Foote 17 New Zealand NZL
95T QR Ana María Casas 16 Mexico MEX
95T QR Reneta Tsvetkova 14 Bulgaria BUL
97 QR Marieta Ilieva 16 Bulgaria BUL
98T QR Yvonne Mugridge 19 Great Britain GBR
98T QR Danuta Lubowska 16 Poland POL
100T QR Patricia García 15 Mexico MEX
100T QR Lise Arsenault-Goertz 17 Canada CAN
100T QR Jacqueline Sievert 16 Switzerland SUI
103 QR Christine Steger 14 Switzerland SUI
104 QR Patricia Ollinger 18 Mexico MEX
105 QR Judith Steiger 15 Switzerland SUI
106 QR Linda Toorop 16 Netherlands NED
107 QR Jenny Sunderland 18 Australia AUS
108T QR Elvire Gertosio 24 France FRA
108T QR Laura Rivera 17 Mexico MEX
110 QR Pamela Hopkins 18 Great Britain GBR
111 QR Erna Havelka 27 Yugoslavia YUG
112T QR María Antonieta Hernández 14 Mexico MEX
112T QR Avril Lennox 16 Great Britain GBR
114 QR Olga Bumbić 25 Yugoslavia YUG
115 QR Bente Hansen 19 Norway NOR
116 QR Susan Buchanan 20 Canada CAN
117 QR Hilda Amezaga 18 Mexico MEX
118 QR Pepita Sánchez 20 Spain ESP