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1962 Prague World Championships
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City

Prague, Czechoslovakia

Team Gold Medalist

USSR

All-Around Gold Medalist

Larisa Latynina (USSR)

Vault Gold Medalist

Věra Čáslavská (TCH)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Irina Pervushina (USSR)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Eva Bosáková (TCH)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Larisa Latynina (USSR)

Preceded by

1958 Moscow World Championships

Succeeded by

1966 Dortmund World Championships

The 15th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held on July 3–8, 1962 in Prague, the capital of Czechoslovakia. Prague had previously hosted the World Championships in 1938.

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 World Championships 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 World Championships, 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
Team Flag of the Soviet Union USSR

Polina Astakhova
Lidia Ivanova
Larisa Latynina
Tamara Manina
Sofia Muratova
Irina Pervushina

Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia

Eva Bosáková
Věra Čáslavská
Libuse Cmiralova
Hana Ruzickova
Ludmila Svedova
Adolfina Tkacikova

Flag of Japan Japan

Ginko Abukawa
Keiko Tanaka
Taniko Nakamura
Kiyoko Ono
Toshiko Shirasu
Hiroko Tsuji

All-Around Flag of the Soviet Union Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Czech Republic Věra Čáslavská
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of the Soviet Union Irina Pervushina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Vault Flag of the Czech Republic Věra Čáslavská
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of the Soviet Union Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Tamara Manina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Uneven Bars Flag of the Soviet Union Irina Pervushina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Czech Republic Eva Bosáková
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of the Soviet Union Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Balance Beam Flag of the Czech Republic Eva Bosáková
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of the Soviet Union Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of Hungary Aniko Ducza
Hungary (HUN)

Flag of Japan Keiko Tanaka
Japan (JPN)

Floor Exercise Flag of the Soviet Union Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Irina Pervushina
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 3 3 10
2 Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 2 3 1 6
3 Flag of Japan Japan 0 0 2 2
4 Flag of Hungary Hungary 0 0 1 1

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