Artistic Gymnastics at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Dates 3 – 7 December 1956
Medal Events 15

The 1956 gymnastics events were conducted at the West Melbourne Stadium in Melbourne, called by locals as The Stadium. Built in 1915 it was destroyed by fire in 1955 but was re-built in time for the 1956 Olympics. The venue was renamed Festival Hall in the 1960s, is still known by that name, and is a popular site for rock concerts.

The gymnastics program in 1956 was the same as it had been in 1952 with team and individual all-around events for men and women, six apparatus events for men, four for women, and the women competed in a team portable apparatus competition. The team portable apparatus event was held in 1952 also, but these were the only two times it was contested at the Olympics.

The Soviet Union dominated the events, especially for men, in 1956, winning 7 of the 9 awarded gold medals, and 13 of 27 medals. The women also won the most medals with 10, but both Hungary and the Soviet Union won four gold medals.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 63 18
Team All-Around, Men Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 42 7
Floor Exercise, Men Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 63 18
Horse Vault, Men Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 63 18
Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 63 18
Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 63 18
Rings, Men Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 63 18
Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 63 18
Individual All-Around, Women Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 65 15
Team All-Around, Women Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 54 9
Team Portable Apparatus, Women Olympic 7 December 1956 54 9
Floor Exercise, Women Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 64 15
Horse Vault, Women Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 64 15
Uneven Bars, Women Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 65 15
Balance Beam, Women Olympic 3 – 7 December 1956 64 15
128 (63/65) 21 (18/15)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual All-Around, Men Viktor ChukarinURS Takashi OnoJPN Yury TitovURS
Team All-Around, Men Soviet UnionURS JapanJPN FinlandFIN
Floor Exercise, Men Valentin MuratovURS Viktor Chukarin
Nobuyuki Aihara
William Thoresson
URS
JPN
SWE
Horse Vault, Men Valentin Muratov
Helmut Bantz
URS
GER
Yury TitovURS
Parallel Bars, Men Viktor ChukarinURS Masami KubotaJPN Takashi Ono
Masao Takemoto
JPN
JPN
Horizontal Bar, Men Takashi OnoJPN Yury TitovURS Masao TakemotoJPN
Rings, Men Albert AzaryanURS Valentin MuratovURS Masao Takemoto
Masami Kubota
JPN
JPN
Pommelled Horse, Men Boris ShakhlinURS Takashi OnoJPN Viktor ChukarinURS
Individual All-Around, Women Larisa LatyninaURS Ágnes KeletiHUN Sofya MuratovaURS
Team All-Around, Women Soviet UnionURS HungaryHUN RomaniaROU
Team Portable Apparatus, Women HungaryHUN SwedenSWE Soviet Union
Poland
URS
POL
Floor Exercise, Women Larisa Latynina
Ágnes Keleti
URS
HUN
Elena LeuşteanROU
Horse Vault, Women Larisa LatyninaURS Tamara ManinaURS Ann-Sofi Colling
Olga Tass-Lemhényi
SWE
HUN
Uneven Bars, Women Ágnes KeletiHUN Larisa LatyninaURS Sofya MuratovaURS
Balance Beam, Women Ágnes KeletiHUN Eva Bosáková-Věchtová
Tamara Manina
TCH
URS

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Soviet Union URS 11 6 6 23
Hungary HUN 4 2 1 7
Japan JPN 1 5 5 11
Germany GER 1 0 0 1
Sweden SWE 0 2 1 3
Czechoslovakia TCH 0 1 0 1
Romania ROU 0 0 2 2
Finland FIN 0 0 1 1
Poland POL 0 0 1 1