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1961 Leipzig European Championships
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City

Leipzig, East Germany

All-Around Gold Medalist

Larisa Latynina (USSR)

Vault Gold Medalist

Ute Starke (GDR)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Polina Astakhova (USSR)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Polina Astakhova (USSR)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Larisa Latynina (USSR)

Preceded by

1959 Krakow European Championships

Succeeded by

1963 Paris European Championships

The 3rd European Artistic Gymnastics Championships took place in Leipzig, East Germany in 1961.

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 the Soviet Union Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Polina Astakhova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Czech Republic Věra Čáslavská
Czechoslovakia (TCH)

Flag of East Germany Ingrid Fost
East Germany (GDR)

Vault Flag of East Germany Ute Starke
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of East Germany Ingrid Fost
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of Poland Natalia Kot
Poland (POL)
Uneven Bars Flag of the Soviet Union Polina Astakhova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of East Germany Ingrid Fost
East Germany (GDR)
Balance Beam Flag of the Soviet Union Polina Astakhova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of East Germany Ingrid Fost
East Germany (GDR)
Floor Exercise Flag of the Soviet Union Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Polina Astakhova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Czech Republic Věra Čáslavská
Czechoslovakia (TCH)

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of the Soviet Union USSR 4 4 0 8
2 Flag of East Germany East Germany 1 1 3 5
3 Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 0 0 2 2
4 Flag of Poland Poland 0 0 1 1

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