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Gymnastics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's Individual All-Around

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Montréal Forum, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 18, 1976
Date Finished: July 21, 1976

Gold: ROU Nadia Comăneci
Silver: URS Nelli Kim
Bronze: URS Lyudmila Turishcheva

Summary

As in 1972, the team all-around was contested first, with the top 36 finishers from that event advancing to the individual all-around final. However, to prevent individual nations from dominating with over-representation, no more than three gymnasts from any one country could advance to the individual final. The total score consisted of 50% of the team all-around score and the performances on all four apparatuses in the individual final. The defending champion was Soviet Lyudmila Turishcheva who had also won the 1974 World Championships. She had been challenged since the 1972 Olympics by her countrywoman, Olga Korbut, who was always the crowd favorite, but could never defeat Turishcheva. There were two other challengers for the title, the new young Soviet Nelli Kim, and a 14-year-old Romanian, Nadia Comăneci, who had upset Turishcheva at the 1975 European Championships. Comăneci had won other significant meets recently, the 1975 pre-Olympic tune-up in Montréal and the America’s Cup in March 1976.

Comăneci took the new paradigm of women’s gymnastics, started by Korbut at the 1972 Olympics, and extended it, adding new dangerous acrobatic moves that often shocked the crowds. She received perfects 10s during the team competition for her performance on the balance beam and uneven bars. They had not been expected, so the scoreboards in the Montréal Forum had not been designed for this, and they were displayed to the spectators as 1.00. She would eventually earn seven scores of 10.0 in Montréal, and Kim would receive two. Comăneci took a big lead after the team all-around and then kept extending it on every apparatus, winning the gold medal by 0.60 points over Nelli Kim, a huge margin in modern gymnastics. Turishcheva added a bronze medal to her gold from 1972, while Korbut placed fifth. Comăneci would continue to dominate gymnastics in the coming years, with Kim her biggest rival, until she won only a controversial silver medal at the 1980 Olympics, when the judging seemed to favor the hometown Soviets.

Finishing in 37th place in Montréal was Soviet Elvira Saadi, who had actually placed seventh in the team qualifying, but could not compete in the final because she was the fourth-placed Soviet. This new system allowed the Netherlands’ Monique Bolleboom to advance to the individual all-around final, although she had been only 62nd of the original 86 gymnasts.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Nadia Comăneci 14 Romania ROU Gold 79.275
2 Nelli Kim 18 Soviet Union URS Silver 78.675
3 Lyudmila Turishcheva 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze 78.625
4 Teodora Ungureanu 15 Romania ROU 78.375
5 Olga Korbut 21 Soviet Union URS 78.025
6 Gitta Escher 19 East Germany GDR 77.750
7 Márta Egervári 19 Hungary HUN 77.325
8 Marion Kische 18 East Germany GDR 76.950
9 Kerstin Gerschau 18 East Germany GDR 76.800
10 Anna Pohludková 16 Czechoslovakia TCH 76.775
11 Mariana Constantin 15 Romania ROU 76.625
12 Andrea Niederheide-Bieger 18 West Germany FRG 76.275
13 Krisztina Medveczky 18 Hungary HUN 75.975
14 Kimberly Chace 20 United States USA 75.875
15 Jana Knopová 18 Czechoslovakia TCH 75.800
16 Ingrid Holkovičová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH 75.750
17 Margit Tóth 14 Hungary HUN 75.575
18T Leslie Wolfsberger 17 United States USA 75.325
18T Debra Willcox 16 United States USA 75.325
20 Miyuki Matsuhisa-Hironaka 30 Japan JPN 75.300
21 Nadya Shatarova 16 Bulgaria BUL 75.150
22 Ans Smulders-van Gerwen 25 Netherlands NED 75.100
23T Stefania Bucci 16 Italy ITA 75.000
23T Jutta Oltersdorf 20 West Germany FRG 75.000
25 Jeanette van Ravestijn 17 Netherlands NED 74.700
26 Petra Kurbjuweit 19 West Germany FRG 74.650
27 Karen Kelsall 13 Canada CAN 74.625
28 Galina Yaneva 16 Bulgaria BUL 74.525
29 Patti Rope 16 Canada CAN 74.500
30 Satoko Okazaki 15 Japan JPN 74.450
31 Nina Kostova 16 Bulgaria BUL 74.350
32 Joëlle De Keukeleire 16 Belgium BEL 74.100
33 Nancy McDonnell 21 Canada CAN 74.050
34 Nobue Yamazaki 25 Japan JPN 73.925
35 Avril Lennox 20 Great Britain GBR 73.875
36 Monique Bolleboom 13 Netherlands NED 73.350
7 QR Elvira Saadi 24 Soviet Union URS
9T QR Svetlana Grozdova 17 Soviet Union URS
9T QR Mariya Filatova 14 Soviet Union URS
13 QR Angelika Hellmann 22 East Germany GDR
15 QR Anca Grigoraş 18 Romania ROU
18 QR Gabriela Truşcă 18 Romania ROU
21T QR Steffi Kräker 16 East Germany GDR
21T QR Georgeta Gabor 14 Romania ROU
25 QR Éva Óvári 14 Hungary HUN
27 QR Mária Lővey 16 Hungary HUN
29T QR Drahomíra Smolíková 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
29T QR Eva Pořádková 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
33 QR Carola Dombeck 16 East Germany GDR
34T QR Márta Kelemen 21 Hungary HUN
40 QR Alena Černáková 14 Czechoslovakia TCH
41 QR Colleen Casey 16 United States USA
42 QR Carrie Englert 18 United States USA
46 QR Kathy Howard 18 United States USA
51 QR Kelly Muncey 16 Canada CAN
53T QR Chieko Kikkawa 21 Japan JPN
55 QR Traudl Schubert 18 West Germany FRG
56 QR Uta Schorn 18 West Germany FRG
57T QR Sakiko Nozawa 15 Japan JPN
57T QR Vesela Mateeva 16 Bulgaria BUL
59 QR Beate Renschler 17 West Germany FRG
60T QR Mariya Kircheva 18 Bulgaria BUL
63T QR Ans Dekker 21 Netherlands NED
63T QR Joke Kos 20 Netherlands NED
65 QR Kyoko Mano 19 Japan JPN
66T QR Patrizia Fratini 14 Italy ITA
66T QR Lise Arsenault-Goertz 21 Canada CAN
68T QR Nadine Audin 18 France FRA
68T QR Valentina Spongia 17 Italy ITA
68T QR Barbara Slater 17 Great Britain GBR
71T QR Donatella Sacchi 17 Italy ITA
71T QR Teresa McDonnell 22 Canada CAN
73 QR Martine Audin 17 France FRA
74 QR Chantal Seggiaro 20 France FRA
75 QR Rita Peri 19 Italy ITA
76 QR Carla Braan 14 Netherlands NED
77 QR Carla Wieser 15 Italy ITA
78 QR Eloisa Marcos 14 Spain ESP
79T QR Svetla Kashtelyan 17 Bulgaria BUL
79T QR Susan Cheesebrough 16 Great Britain GBR
79T QR Monique Freres 19 Belgium BEL
82 QR Elisa Cabello 19 Spain ESP
83 QR Wanita Lynch 17 Australia AUS
84 QR Mercedes Vernetta 19 Spain ESP
85 QR Teresa Díaz 16 Mexico MEX
86 QR Patricia García 19 Mexico MEX