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1966 Dortmund World Championships
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City

Dortmund, West Germany

Team Gold Medalist

Czechoslovakia

All-Around Gold Medalist

Věra Čáslavská (TCH)

Vault Gold Medalist

Věra Čáslavská (TCH)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Natalia Kuchinskaya (USSR)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Natalia Kuchinskaya (USSR)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Natalia Kuchinskaya (USSR)

Preceded by

1962 Prague World Championships

Succeeded by

1970 Ljubljana World Championships

The 16th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Dortmund, West Germany, in 1966. Dortmund would go on to host the World Team Championships in 1994.

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 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 Czech Republic Czechoslovakia

Věra Čáslavská
Jindra Kostálová
Marianna Krajčírová
Jana Kubičková
Bohumila Řimnáčová
Jaroslava Sedláčková

Flag of the Soviet Union USSR

Polina Astakhova
Zinaida Voronina
Olga Kharlova
Natalia Kuchinskaya
Larisa Latynina
Larisa Petrik

Flag of Japan Japan

Yasuko Furuyama
Keiko Tanaka
Hiroko Ikenaga
Mitsuko Kandori
Taniko Mitsukuri
Taki Shibuya

All-Around Flag of the Czech Republic Věra Čáslavská
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of the Soviet Union Natalia Kuchinskaya
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of Japan Keiko Tanaka
Japan (JPN)
Vault Flag of the Czech Republic Věra Čáslavská
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of East Germany Erika Zuchold
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Natalia Kuchinskaya
Soviet Union (USSR)
Uneven Bars Flag of the Soviet Union Natalia Kuchinskaya
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of Japan Keiko Tanaka
Japan (JPN)
Flag of Japan Taniko Mitsukuri
Japan (JPN)
Balance Beam Flag of the Soviet Union Natalia Kuchinskaya
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Czech Republic Věra Čáslavská
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of the Soviet Union Larisa Petrik
Soviet Union (USSR)
Floor Exercise Flag of the Soviet Union Natalia Kuchinskaya
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Czech Republic Věra Čáslavská
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of the Soviet Union Zinaida Voronina
Soviet Union (USSR)

Medal Count

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

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