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1991 Indianapolis World Championships
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City

Indianapolis, USA

Venue

Hoosier Dome

Team Gold Medalist

USSR

All-Around Gold Medalist

Kim Zmeskal (USA)

Vault Gold Medalist

Lavinia Miloşovici (ROU)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Kim Gwang-Suk (PRK)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Svetlana Boginskaya (USSR)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Cristina Bontaş (ROU)
Oksana Chusovitina (USSR)

Preceded by

1989 Stuttgart World Championships

Succeeded by

1992 Paris World Championships

The 26th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Indianapolis, USA, in the Hoosier Dome, September 6 to 15, 1991. These World Championships also served as qualifications to the 1992 Olympics.

Format of Competition

The gymnastics competition was carried out in three stages:

  • Competition I - The team competition/qualification round in which gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, performed both compulsory and optional exercises. Only the five highest scores earned by team members on each apparatus during each round were used to determined the overall team total. The thirty-six highest scoring gymnasts in the all-around qualified to the individual all-around competition. The eight 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 determined by adding the scores earned by him or her on each of the six apparatuses in the men's competition and each of the four apparatuses in the women's competition.
  • 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 determined solely by the score earned by him or her on the apparatus during this competition.

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 the Soviet Union USSR

Svetlana Boginskaya
Tatiana Gutsu
Tatiana Lysenko
Oksana Chusovitina
Roza Galiyeva
Natalia Kalinina

Flag of the United States of America USA

Shannon Miller
Kim Zmeskal
Betty Okino
Kerri Strug
Michelle Campi
Hilary Grivich

Flag of Romania Romania

Cristina Bontaş
Mirela Paşca
Lavinia Miloşovici
Vanda Hădărean
Maria Neculiţă
Eugenia Popa

All-Around Flag of the United States of America Kim Zmeskal
United States of America (USA)
Flag of the Soviet Union Svetlana Boginskaya
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of Romania Cristina Bontaş
Romania (ROU)
Vault Flag of Romania Lavinia Miloşovici
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Hungary Henrietta Ónodi
Hungary (HUN)

Flag of the Soviet Union Oksana Chusovitina
Soviet Union (USSR)

N/A
Uneven Bars Flag of North Korea Kim Gwang-Suk
North Korea (PRK)
Flag of the United States of America Shannon Miller
United States of America (USA)
Flag of the Soviet Union Tatiana Gutsu
Soviet Union (USSR)
Balance Beam Flag of the Soviet Union Svetlana Boginskaya
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Tatiana Gutsu
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the United States of America Betty Okino
United States of America (USA)

Flag of Romania Lavinia Miloşovici
Romania (ROU)

Floor Exercise Flag of Romania Cristina Bontaş
Romania (ROU)

Flag of the Soviet Union Oksana Chusovitina
Soviet Union (USSR)

N/A Flag of the United States of America Kim Zmeskal
United States of America (USA)

Notable Moments

  • Kim Zmeskal became the first American to win the World All-Around title.
  • Kim Gwang-Suk scored the last perfect ten in World Championship history, during the uneven bars event final.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of the Soviet Union USSR 2 4 1 7
2 Flag of Romania Romania 2 0 3 5
3 Flag of the United States of America USA 1 2 2 5
4 Flag of North Korea North Korea 1 0 0 1
5 Flag of Hungary Hungary 0 1 0 1

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