1996 San Juan World Championships
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San Juan, Puerto Rico

Vault Gold Medalist

Gina Gogean (ROU)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Elena Piskun (BLR)
Svetlana Khorkina (RUS)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Dina Kochetkova (RUS)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Kui Yuanyuan (CHN)

Gina Gogean (ROU)

Preceded by

1995 Sabae World Championships

Succeeded by

1997 Lausanne World Championships

The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1996.

Format of Competition

The team and all around events were not contested at the 1996 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. The format was similar to that of the 1992 and 2002 Worlds, with medals being awarded for the individual apparatus. There were three rounds of competition: the preliminary round open to everyone; the semi-finals open to the top sixteen qualifiers; and the finals for the top eight gymnasts.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Vault Flag of Romania Gina Gogean
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Romania Simona Amânar
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Cuba Annia Portuondo
Cuba (CUB)
Uneven Bars Flag of Russia Svetlana Khorkina
Russia (RUS)

Flag of Belarus Elena Piskun
Belarus (BLR)

N/A Flag of France Isabelle Severino
France (FRA)
Balance Beam Flag of Russia Dina Kochetkova
Russia (RUS)
Flag of Romania Alexandra Marinescu
Romania (ROU)
Flag of the United States of America Dominique Dawes
United States of America (USA)

Flag of China Liu Xuan
China (CHN)

Floor Exercise Flag of Romania Gina Gogean
Romania (ROU)

Flag of China Kui Yuanyuan
China (CHN)

N/A Flag of Romania Lavinia Miloşovici
Romania (ROU)

Flag of Ukraine Lyubov Sheremeta
Ukraine (UKR)

Notable Moments

  • Annia Portuondo became the first Cuban gymnast to win an individual World medal.
  • Dina Kochetkova became the first Russian gymnast to win the World title on balance beam.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of Romania Romania 2 2 1 5
2 Flag of Russia Russia 2 0 0 2
3 Flag of China China 1 0 1 2
4 Flag of Belarus Belarus 1 0 0 1
5 Flag of Cuba Cuba 0 0 1 1
6 Flag of France France 0 0 1 1
7 Flag of the United States of America USA 0 0 1 1
8 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 0 0 1 1

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