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1970 Ljubljana World Championships
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City

Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia

Team Gold Medalist

USSR

All-Around Gold Medalist

Ludmilla Tourischeva (USSR)

Vault Gold Medalist

Erika Zuchold (GDR)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Karin Janz (GDR)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Erika Zuchold (GDR)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Ludmilla Tourischeva (USSR)

Preceded by

1966 Dortmund World Championships

Succeeded by

1974 Varna World Championships

The 17th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia, in 1970.

Format of Competition

The gymnastics competition was carried out in three stages:

  • Competition I - The team competition/qualification round in which all gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, performed both compulsory and optional exercises. The combined scores of all team members determined the final score of the team. The thirty-six highest scoring gymnasts in the all-around qualified to the individual all-around competition. The six highest scoring gymnasts on each apparatus qualified to the final for that apparatus.
  • Competition II - The individual all-around competition, in which those who qualified from Competition I performed exercises on each apparatus. The final score of each gymnast was composed of half the points earned by that gymnast during Competition I and all of the points earned by him or her in Competition II.
  • Competition III - The apparatus finals, in which those who qualified during Competition I performed an exercise on the individual apparatus on which he or she had qualified. The final score of each gymnast was composed of half the points earned by that gymnast on that particular apparatus during Competition I and all of the points earned by him or her on that particular apparatus in Competition III.

No limits were imposed as to how many gymnasts each country could enter into the individual all-around final or apparatus finals.

Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team Flag of the Soviet Union USSR

Lyubov Burda
Olga Karasyova
Tamara Lazakovich
Larisa Petrik
Ludmilla Tourischeva
Zinaida Voronina

Flag of East Germany East Germany

Angelika Hellmann
Karin Janz
Marianne Moack
Richarda Schmeißer
Christine Schmitt
Erika Zuchold

Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia

Soňa Brázdová
Luba Krasna
Hana Lišková
Marianna Krajčírová
Bohumila Řimnáčová
Marcella Váchová

All-Around Flag of the Soviet Union Ludmilla Tourischeva
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of East Germany Erika Zuchold
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Zinaida Voronina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Vault Flag of East Germany Erika Zuchold
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of East Germany Karin Janz
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Ludmilla Tourischeva
Soviet Union (USSR)

Flag of the Soviet Union Lyubov Burda
Soviet Union (USSR)

Uneven Bars Flag of East Germany Karin Janz
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Ludmilla Tourischeva
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Zinaida Voronina
Soviet Union (USSR)
Balance Beam Flag of East Germany Erika Zuchold
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the United States of America Cathy Rigby
United States of America (USA)
Flag of East Germany Christine Schmitt
East Germany (GDR)

Flag of the Soviet Union Larisa Petrik
Soviet Union (USSR)

Floor Exercise Flag of the Soviet Union Ludmilla Tourischeva
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Olga Karasyova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Zinaida Voronina
Soviet Union (USSR)

Notable Moments

  • Cathy Rigby became the first American to win a World medal.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of the Soviet Union USSR 3 2 6 11
2 Flag of East Germany East Germany 3 3 1 7
3 Flag of the United States of America USA 0 1 0 1
4 Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 0 0 1 1

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