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Individual All-Around, Women

Date3 – 7 December 1956 — 08:00-14:00
StatusOlympic
LocationWest Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants65 from 15 countries
FormatCompulsory and optional exercise performed on all four apparatuses.

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.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPointsCEPOEP
1Larisa LatyninaURS74.93337.23337.700Gold1
2Ágnes KeletiHUN74.63337.06637.566Silver2
3Sofya MuratovaURS74.46637.26637.200Bronze3
=4Elena LeuşteanROU74.36637.30037.0664
=4Olga Tass-LemhényiHUN74.36637.03337.3335
6Tamara ManinaURS74.23336.90037.3336
7Eva Bosáková-VěchtováTCH74.10036.93337.1667
8Helena RakoczyPOL73.70036.56637.1338
9Natalia KotPOL73.63336.83336.8009
10Lyudmila YegorovaURS73.53336.13337.40010
11Anna MarejkováTCH73.50036.73336.76611
12Margit KorondiHUN73.33336.30037.03312
13Keiko TanakaJPN73.10036.73336.36613
=14Andrea Bodó-MolnárHUN72.90036.53336.36614
=14Sonia Iovan-InovanROU72.90036.43336.46615
16Gheorgheta HurmuzachiROU72.73336.20036.53316
17Polina AstakhovaURS72.70036.16636.53317
18Erzsébet Gulyás-KötelesHUN72.20035.90036.30018
19Ivanka DolzhevaBUL72.13335.60036.53319
20Emilia VătăşoiuROU72.10035.80036.30020
=21Lidiya KalininaURS72.03336.40035.63321
=21Elena MărgăritROU72.03335.76636.26622
23Mitsuka IkedaJPN71.90036.23335.66623
24Kazuko SogabeJPN71.83335.60036.23324
=25Matylda ŠínováTCH71.80035.80036.00025
=25Danuta Nowak-StachowPOL71.80035.46636.33326
27Dorota JokielPOL71.66635.26636.40027
28Miranda CicognaniITA71.60036.16635.43328
29Shizuko SakashitaJPN71.50035.50036.00029
30Elena SăcăliciROU71.43335.80035.63330
31Ann-Sofi CollingSWE71.40035.43335.96631
32Věra DrazdíkováTCH71.33335.53335.80032
33Tsvetanka StanchevaBUL71.26635.10036.16633
34Kyoko KubotaJPN71.13335.26635.86634
35Suzuko SekiJPN71.00035.60035.40035
36Saltirka Spasova-TarpovaBUL70.96635.46635.50036
=37Luciana RealiITA70.93334.96635.96637
=37Eva RönströmSWE70.93334.90036.03338
39Alena ReichováTCH70.86635.43335.43339
40Miroslava BrdíčkováTCH70.83335.40035.43340
41Danièle SicotFRA70.80034.76636.03341
42Rosella CicognaniITA70.76634.53336.23342
43Elisa CalsiITA70.73335.20035.53343
44Elena LagoraraITA70.70034.73335.96644
45Barbara Wilk-ŚlizowskaPOL70.53335.30035.23345
46Doris HedbergSWE70.46635.00035.46646
47Lidia SzczerbińskaPOL70.30035.16635.13347
48Karin LindbergSWE70.03334.26635.76648
49Evy BerggrenSWE69.96634.60035.36649
50Luciana LagoraraITA69.70034.50035.20050
51Sandra RuddickUSA69.13335.16633.96651
52Muriel DavisUSA68.93334.90034.03352
53Maude KarlénSWE68.80033.96634.83353
54Joyce RacekUSA68.50034.53333.96654
55Jackie KleinUSA68.30034.13334.16655
56Ernestine RussellCAN67.93334.63333.30056
57Doris FuchsUSA67.73334.73333.00057
58Judy HoweUSA67.20034.30032.90058
59Annette KrierLUX66.26632.63333.63359
60Pat HirstGBR65.83333.36632.46660
61Aliz KertészHUN63.40036.46626.93361
62Ing FraserAUS62.43332.70029.73362
63Barbara CunninghamAUS61.70031.96629.73363
64Wendy NichollsAUS60.53328.90031.63364
65Jacqueline DieudonnéFRA8.2668.2660.00065