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Balance Beam, Women

Date21 – 25 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationAuditorio Nacional, Ciudad de México
Participants101 from 24 countries

The format was the same as in 1964, with the best six gymnasts in the individual 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. This was the only women’s individual event in Mexico City that was not won by Věra Čáslavská, who eventually finished second. The gold went to Soviet Nataliya Kuchinskaya, who had won the event at the 1966 World Championships, along with two other apparatus gold medals. Bronze went to Kuchinskaya’s teammate Belarussian Larisa Petrik, who also won a gold medal on floor exercise in 1968, shared with Čáslavská. Fourth-place was a tie between East German Karin Janz and American Linda Metheny, whose fourth-place finish was the best in an individual gymnastics event at the Olympics by an American woman prior to the 1984 Olympics.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Nataliya KuchinskayaURS19.650Gold
2Věra ČáslavskáTCH19.575Silver
3Larisa PetrikURS19.250Bronze
=4Karin JanzGDR19.225
=4Linda MethenyUSA19.225
6Erika ZucholdGDR19.150
7 r1/2Cathy RigbyUSA
8 r1/2Maritta BauerschmidtGDR
9 r1/2Miyuki MatsuhisaJPN
=10 r1/2Bohumila ŘimnáčováTCH
=10 r1/2Ágnes BánfaiHUN
=10 r1/2Hana LiškováTCH
=10 r1/2Lyubov BurdaURS
=10 r1/2Marianne NoackGDR
15 r1/2Zinaida VoroninaURS
=16 r1/2Kazue HanyuJPN
=16 r1/2Evelyne LetourneurFRA
=18 r1/2Olga KarasyovaURS
=18 r1/2Jána Kubičková-PosnerováTCH
=18 r1/2Anikó Ducza-JánosiHUN
=18 r1/2Colleen MulvihillUSA
22 r1/2Marianna KrajčírováTCH
=23 r1/2Miroslava SkleničkováTCH
=23 r1/2Taniko MitsukuriJPN
=23 r1/2Kayoko HashiguchiJPN
=23 r1/2Mitsuko KandoriJPN
=27 r1/2Joyce TanacUSA
=27 r1/2Kathy GleasonUSA
29 r1/2Katalin Makray-SchmittHUN
=30 r1/2Chieko OdaJPN
=30 r1/2Márta Tolnai-ErdősHUN
32 r1/2Ilona BékésiHUN
=33 r1/2Ute StarkeGDR
=33 r1/2Wendy CluffUSA
=33 r1/2Neli StoyanovaBUL
36 r1/2Tsagaandorjiin GündegmaaMGL
37 r1/2Mariya KarashkaBUL
38 r1/2Wiesława LechPOL
39 r1/2Jacqueline BrisepierreFRA
40 r1/2Sandra HartleyCAN
=41 r1/2Katalin Müller-SzállHUN
=41 r1/2Łucja OchmańskaPOL
=43 r1/2Lyudmila TurishchevaURS
=43 r1/2Mireille CayreFRA
=43 r1/2Françoise NourryFRA
=46 r1/2Vesela PashevaBUL
=46 r1/2Horta Van HoyeBEL
48 r1/2Yadamsürengiin TuyaaMGL
=49 r1/2Christiane GoethalsBEL
=49 r1/2Barbara ZiębaPOL
=49 r1/2Helga BraathenNOR
=52 r1/2Angelika KernFRG
=52 r1/2Margaret BellGBR
=52 r1/2Nancy AldamaCUB
=55 r1/2Marilynn MinakerCAN
=55 r1/2Wenche SjongNOR
57 r1/2Marie LundqvistSWE
58 r1/2Magdalena SchmidtGDR
59 r1/2Jill KvammeNOR
60 r1/2Gabriella PozzuoloITA
61 r1/2Adriana BiagiottiITA
=62 r1/2Dominique LauvardFRA
=62 r1/2Zulema BregadoCUB
=62 r1/2Rayna AtanasovaBUL
=62 r1/2Rose-Marie HolmSWE
=62 r1/2Teresa McDonnellCAN
=62 r1/2Else TrangbækDEN
=62 r1/2Jennifer DiachunCAN
=62 r1/2Torunn IsbergNOR
=70 r1/2Grażyna WitkowskaPOL
=70 r1/2Suzette BlancoCUB
=72 r1/2Dorjiin NorolkhooMGL
=72 r1/2Val NorrisAUS
=72 r1/2Mary PrestidgeGBR
=72 r1/2Miriam VillaciánCUB
=76 r1/2Marlies StegemannFRG
=76 r1/2Solveig AnderssonSWE
78 r1/2Vanya MarinovaBUL
79 r1/2Nereida BautaCUB
=80 r1/2Petra JebramFRG
=80 r1/2Helga MatschkurFRG
82 r1/2Irmi KrauserFRG
83 r1/2Nataša ŠljepicaYUG
84 r1/2Anna SteinFRG
85 r1/2Halina DaniecPOL
86 r1/2Daniela MaccelliITA
87 r1/2Unni HolmenNOR
88 r1/2Małgorzata ChojnackaPOL
89 r1/2Nicole BourdiauFRA
90 r1/2Suzanne CloutierCAN
91 r1/2Esbela da FonsecaPOR
92 r1/2Ann-Mari HvaalNOR
=93 r1/2María Elena RamírezMEX
=93 r1/2Yolanda VegaCUB
95 r1/2Julieta SáenzMEX
=96 r1/2Laura RiveraMEX
=96 r1/2María Luisa MoralesMEX
98 r1/2Yu Mai-LeeTPE
99 r1/2Rosalinda PuenteMEX
=100 r1/2Rosario BrionesMEX
=100 r1/2Hong Tai-KwaiTPE

Qualifying (21 – 23 October 1968 — 08:30-17:00)

Top six on balance beam in team all-around advance to apparatus final. 50% of qualifying score added to optional exercise done in finals.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPointsCEPOEP
1Nataliya KuchinskayaURS19.609.809.80Q
2Věra ČáslavskáTCH19.459.659.80Q
3Linda MethenyUSA19.159.609.55Q
4Karin JanzGDR19.059.459.60Q
=5Larisa PetrikURS19.009.509.50Q
=5Erika ZucholdGDR19.009.459.55Q
=5Cathy RigbyUSA19.009.559.45
8Maritta BauerschmidtGDR18.959.509.45
9Miyuki MatsuhisaJPN18.909.509.40
=10Bohumila ŘimnáčováTCH18.859.459.40
=10Ágnes BánfaiHUN18.859.509.35
=10Hana LiškováTCH18.859.459.40
=10Lyubov BurdaURS18.859.509.35
=10Marianne NoackGDR18.859.459.40
15Zinaida VoroninaURS18.809.409.40
=16Kazue HanyuJPN18.759.359.40
=16Evelyne LetourneurFRA18.759.509.25
=18Olga KarasyovaURS18.709.309.40
=18Jána Kubičková-PosnerováTCH18.709.309.40
=18Anikó Ducza-JánosiHUN18.709.509.20
=18Colleen MulvihillUSA18.709.409.30
22Marianna KrajčírováTCH18.659.359.30
=23Miroslava SkleničkováTCH18.609.309.30
=23Taniko MitsukuriJPN18.609.359.25
=23Kayoko HashiguchiJPN18.609.359.25
=23Mitsuko KandoriJPN18.609.359.25
=27Joyce TanacUSA18.459.259.20
=27Kathy GleasonUSA18.459.159.30
29Katalin Makray-SchmittHUN18.359.259.10
=30Chieko OdaJPN18.309.259.05
=30Márta Tolnai-ErdősHUN18.309.109.20
32Ilona BékésiHUN18.259.209.05
=33Ute StarkeGDR18.209.209.00
=33Wendy CluffUSA18.209.209.00
=33Neli StoyanovaBUL18.208.959.25
36Tsagaandorjiin GündegmaaMGL18.108.859.25
37Mariya KarashkaBUL18.058.809.25
38Wiesława LechPOL18.009.058.95
39Jacqueline BrisepierreFRA17.959.208.75
40Sandra HartleyCAN17.858.958.90
=41Katalin Müller-SzállHUN17.809.458.35
=41Łucja OchmańskaPOL17.808.809.00
=43Lyudmila TurishchevaURS17.759.308.45
=43Mireille CayreFRA17.758.958.80
=43Françoise NourryFRA17.759.158.60
=46Vesela PashevaBUL17.708.758.95
=46Horta Van HoyeBEL17.708.709.00
48Yadamsürengiin TuyaaMGL17.608.609.00
=49Christiane GoethalsBEL17.558.459.10
=49Barbara ZiębaPOL17.558.459.10
=49Helga BraathenNOR17.558.359.20
=52Angelika KernFRG17.508.509.00
=52Margaret BellGBR17.508.558.95
=52Nancy AldamaCUB17.508.708.80
=55Marilynn MinakerCAN17.408.359.05
=55Wenche SjongNOR17.408.458.95
57Marie LundqvistSWE17.358.608.75
58Magdalena SchmidtGDR17.309.108.20
59Jill KvammeNOR17.258.209.05
60Gabriella PozzuoloITA17.108.958.15
61Adriana BiagiottiITA17.059.008.05
=62Dominique LauvardFRA17.009.057.95
=62Zulema BregadoCUB17.008.708.30
=62Rayna AtanasovaBUL17.008.608.40
=62Rose-Marie HolmSWE17.008.858.15
=62Teresa McDonnellCAN17.007.959.05
=62Else TrangbækDEN17.008.258.75
=62Jennifer DiachunCAN17.008.908.10
=62Torunn IsbergNOR17.007.909.10
=70Grażyna WitkowskaPOL16.808.758.05
=70Suzette BlancoCUB16.808.258.55
=72Dorjiin NorolkhooMGL16.758.408.35
=72Val NorrisAUS16.758.058.70
=72Mary PrestidgeGBR16.758.258.50
=72Miriam VillaciánCUB16.758.008.75
=76Marlies StegemannFRG16.708.658.05
=76Solveig AnderssonSWE16.708.308.40
78Vanya MarinovaBUL16.657.359.30
79Nereida BautaCUB16.558.008.55
=80Petra JebramFRG16.458.807.65
=80Helga MatschkurFRG16.458.757.70
82Irmi KrauserFRG16.408.507.90
83Nataša ŠljepicaYUG16.258.557.70
84Anna SteinFRG16.208.507.70
85Halina DaniecPOL15.958.507.45
86Daniela MaccelliITA15.808.707.10
87Unni HolmenNOR15.758.057.70
88Małgorzata ChojnackaPOL15.658.457.20
89Nicole BourdiauFRA15.558.756.80
90Suzanne CloutierCAN15.508.257.25
91Esbela da FonsecaPOR15.457.557.90
92Ann-Mari HvaalNOR14.907.407.50
=93María Elena RamírezMEX14.857.757.10
=93Yolanda VegaCUB14.858.206.65
95Julieta SáenzMEX14.457.706.75
=96Laura RiveraMEX13.907.856.05
=96María Luisa MoralesMEX13.907.056.85
98Yu Mai-LeeTPE13.757.106.65
99Rosalinda PuenteMEX12.806.905.90
=100Rosario BrionesMEX12.706.306.40
=100Hong Tai-KwaiTPE12.708.054.65

Final (25 October 1968 — 19:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPointsQP(50%)FP
1Nataliya KuchinskayaURS19.6509.8009.85
2Věra ČáslavskáTCH19.5759.7259.85
3Larisa PetrikURS19.2509.5009.75
=4Karin JanzGDR19.2259.5759.65
=4Linda MethenyUSA19.2259.5259.70
6Erika ZucholdGDR19.1509.5009.65