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1959 Krakow European Championships
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City

Krakow, Poland

All-Around Gold Medalist

Natalia Kot (POL)

Vault Gold Medalist

Natalia Kot (POL)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Polina Astakhova (USSR)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Věra Čáslavská (TCH)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Polina Astakhova (USSR)

Preceded by

1957 Bucharest European Championships

Succeeded by

1961 Leipzig European Championships

The 2nd European Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held in Krakow, Poland in 1959.

Format of Competition

The scoring in all the events was basically the same as for gymnastics events at the Olympics. Each country was allowed to enter a team of eight gymnasts, but in contrast to the previous Olympics not more than six of them were allowed to participate in all exercises. Nations with incomplete teams, could enter one to three gymnasts for the individual competition. Six best gymnasts on the apparatus in the team competition (by sum of two scores - for compulsory and optional routine) qualified for that apparatus finals. The new feature of the competition was in women's events: each of them was judged by four judges. The highest and lowest marks were dropped and an average of two remaining marks constituted the score.

The scoring in the team competition was different from the one at the previous Olympics, its principle became the same: five best scores constituted the team's score for the routine; these scores constituted the overall team's totals.

Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around Flag of Poland Natalia Kot
Poland (POL)
Flag of Romania Elena Teodorescu
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Romania Sonia Iovan
Romania (ROU)
Vault Flag of Poland Natalia Kot
Poland (POL)
Flag of the Czech Republic Věra Čáslavská
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of East Germany Ingrid Fost
East Germany (GDR)
Uneven Bars Flag of the Soviet Union Polina Astakhova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of Romania Elena Teodorescu
Romania (ROU)
Flag of East Germany Ingrid Fost
East Germany (GDR)
Balance Beam Flag of the Czech Republic Věra Čáslavská
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of Romania Sonia Iovan
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Poland Natalia Kot
Poland (POL)
Floor Exercise Flag of the Soviet Union Polina Astakhova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Tamara Manina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Czech Republic Eva Bosáková
Czechoslovakia (TCH)

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of Romania Romania 0 3 1 4
2 Flag of Poland Poland 2 0 1 3
3 Flag of the Soviet Union USSR 2 0 1 3
4 Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 1 1 1 3
5 Flag of East Germany East Germany 0 0 2 2

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