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1979 Fort Worth World Championships
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City

Fort Worth, USA

Team Gold Medalist

Romania

All-Around Gold Medalist

Nellie Kim (USSR)

Vault Gold Medalist

Dumitriţa Turner (ROU)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Ma Yanhong (CHN)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Vera Cerna (TCH)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Emilia Eberle (ROU)

Preceded by

1978 Strasbourg World Championships

Succeeded by

1981 Moscow World Championships

The 20th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Fort Worth, USA, in 1979. In November 1977, the 55th FIG Congress, held in Rome, changed the cycle of World Championships: since 1979 they were to be held each two years, and the pre-Olympic ones were to be qualifications for the Olympic tournament. The first 12 teams in the team competition of the 1979 World Championships were invited to participate in the 1980 Summer Olympics.

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.

Each country was limited to three gymnasts in the all-around final and two gymnasts in each apparatus final.

Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team Flag of Romania Romania

Nadia Comăneci
Rodica Dunca
Emilia Eberle
Melita Ruhn
Dumitriţa Turner
Marilena Vlădărău

Flag of the Soviet Union USSR

Maria Filatova
Nellie Kim
Elena Naimushina
Natalia Shaposhnikova
Natalia Tereschenko
Stella Zakharova

Flag of East Germany East Germany

Maxi Gnauck
Regina Grabolle
Silvia Hindorff
Steffi Kraker
Katharina Rensch
Karola Sube

All-Around Flag of the Soviet Union Nellie Kim
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of East Germany Maxi Gnauck
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of Romania Melita Ruhn
Romania (ROU)
Vault Flag of Romania Dumitriţa Turner
Romania (ROU)
Flag of the Soviet Union Stella Zakharova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Nellie Kim
Soviet Union (USSR)

Flag of East Germany Steffi Kraker
East Germany (GDR)

Uneven Bars Flag of China Ma Yanhong
China (CHN)

Flag of East Germany Maxi Gnauck
East Germany (GDR)

N/A Flag of Romania Emilia Eberle
Romania (ROU)
Balance Beam Flag of the Czech Republic Vera Cerna
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of the Soviet Union Nellie Kim
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of East Germany Regina Grabolle
East Germany (GDR)
Floor Exercise Flag of Romania Emilia Eberle
Romania (ROU)
Flag of the Soviet Union Nellie Kim
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of Romania Melita Ruhn
Romania (ROU)

Notable Moments

  • The Romanians won their first World team title.
  • Ma Yanhong became the first Chinese World Champion.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of Romania Romania 3 0 3 6
2 Flag of the Soviet Union USSR 1 4 1 6
3 Flag of East Germany East Germany 1 1 3 5
4 Flag of China China 1 0 0 1
5 Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 1 0 0 1

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