1950 Basel World Championships
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Basel, Switzerland

Team Gold Medalist


All-Around Gold Medalist

Helena Rakoczy (POL)

Vault Gold Medalist

Helena Rakoczy (POL)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Anna Petersen (SWE)
Gertchen Kolar (AUT)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Helena Rakoczy (POL)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Helena Rakoczy (POL)

Preceded by

1938 Prague World Championships

Succeeded by

1954 Rome World Championships

The 12th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Basel, second largest city of Switzerland in 1950.

Switzerland would host the World Championships again in 1997, this time in Lausanne.

Format of Competition

Each country was allowed to enter a team of eight gymnasts, with no limit to how many were allowed to participate in all exercises. Nations with incomplete teams, could enter one to three gymnasts for the individual competition.

Each team member performed compulsory and optional routines on each of four apparatus. Gymnast's scores in these performances counted for all of the events, except the separate team exercise with portable apparatus event (also known as group exercise with hand apparatus event), which was a group rhythmic exercises similar to the group competition event in rhythmic gymnastics. Scores of gymnasts from incomplete teams counted only for individual events.

Five best scores constituted the team's score for the routine; these scores constituted the overall team's totals.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team Flag of Sweden Sweden Flag of France France Flag of Italy Italy
All-Around Flag of Poland Helena Rakoczy
Poland (POL)
Flag of Sweden Anna Peterson
Sweden (SWE)
Flag of Austria Gertchen Kolar
Austria (AUT)
Vault Flag of Poland Helena Rakoczy
Poland (POL)
Flag of Austria Gertchen Kolar
Austria (AUT)
Flag of France Alexandrine Lemoine
France (FRA)
Uneven Bars Flag of Sweden Anna Peterson
Sweden (SWE)

Flag of Austria Gertchen Kolar
Austria (AUT)

N/A Flag of Poland Helena Rakoczy
Poland (POL)
Balance Beam Flag of Poland Helena Rakoczy
Poland (POL)
Flag of Italy Marja Nutti
Italy (ITA)
Flag of Italy Licia Macchini
Italy (ITA)
Floor Exercise Flag of Poland Helena Rakoczy
Poland (POL)
Flag of Yugoslavia Tereza Kocis
Yugoslavia (YUG)
Flag of Poland Stefania Reindlowa
Poland (POL)

Notable Moments

  • Alexandrine Lemoine became the first French gymnast to win an individual World medal.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of Poland Poland 4 0 2 6
2 Flag of Sweden Sweden 2 1 0 3
3 Flag of Austria Austria 1 1 1 3
4 Flag of Italy Italy 0 1 2 3
5 Flag of France France 0 1 1 2
6 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1

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