World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships[1][2] are the world championships for artistic gymnastics governed by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). The first edition of the championships was held in 1903, exclusively for male gymnasts. Since the tenth edition of the tournament, in 1934, women's events are held together with men's events. As of 2019, over sixty different editions of the championships have been staged, and over forty different countries have earned medals in both men's and women's artistic gymnastics events. The most successful nation, both in gold medal results and total number of medals, is the former Soviet Union. China is the second most successful country in total medals earned, and Japan is the third. Since the fall of the Soviet block, the traditional powerhouses in men's and women's individual and team events have been Russia, Ukraine, China, United States, Japan, and Romania with increasing results from Great Britain and Brazil and a recent decrease in results from the delegation from Romania. Currently, the championships are held annually in non-Olympic years, and all individual events (event and all-around) are held at every championships. However, the team event is omitted in the year after an Olympic Games.

Editions[edit]

Year Edition Host City Country Events
(men/women)
First in the Medal Table Second in the Medal Table Third in the Medal Table
1903 1 Antwerp  Belgium 6 / 0  France  Luxembourg  Netherlands
1905 2 Bordeaux  France 5 / 0  France  Netherlands  Belgium
1907 3 Prague  Austria-Hungary 5 / 0  Bohemia  France  Belgium
1909 4 Luxembourg  Luxembourg 5 / 0  France  Italy  Bohemia
1911 5 Turin  Italy 6 / 0  Bohemia  Italy  France
1913 6 Paris  France 6 / 0  Italy  France  Bohemia
1922 7 Ljubljana  Yugoslavia 6 / 0  Yugoslavia  Czechoslovakia  France
1926 8 Lyon  France 6 / 0  Czechoslovakia  Yugoslavia  France
1930 9 Luxembourg  Luxembourg 7 / 0  Yugoslavia  Czechoslovakia  Hungary
1934 10 Budapest  Hungary 8 / 2   Switzerland  Czechoslovakia  Germany
1938 11 Prague  Czechoslovakia 8 / 6  Czechoslovakia   Switzerland  Yugoslavia
1950 12 Basel   Switzerland 8 / 6   Switzerland  Poland  Sweden
1954 13 Rome  Italy 8 / 6  Soviet Union  Japan  Czechoslovakia
1958 14 Moscow  Soviet Union 8 / 6  Soviet Union  Japan  Czechoslovakia
1962 15 Prague  Czechoslovakia 8 / 6  Soviet Union  Japan  Czechoslovakia
1966 16 Dortmund  West Germany 8 / 6  Soviet Union  Japan  Czechoslovakia
1970 17 Ljubljana  SFR Yugoslavia 8 / 6  Japan  Soviet Union  East Germany
1974 18 Varna  Bulgaria 8 / 6  Soviet Union  Japan  East Germany
1978 19 Strasbourg  France 8 / 6  Soviet Union  Japan  United States
1979 20 Fort Worth  United States 8 / 6  Soviet Union  United States  Romania
1981 21 Moscow  Soviet Union 8 / 6  Soviet Union  East Germany  China
1983 22 Budapest  Hungary 8 / 6  Soviet Union  China  Romania
1985 23 Montreal  Canada 8 / 6  Soviet Union  China  East Germany
1987 24 Rotterdam  Netherlands 8 / 6  Soviet Union  Romania  China
1989 25 Stuttgart  West Germany 8 / 6  Soviet Union  Romania  China
1991 26 Indianapolis  United States 8 / 6  Soviet Union  China  Romania
1992 27 Paris  France 6 / 4  CIS  China  United States
1993 28 Birmingham  Great Britain 7 / 5  Belarus  United States  Romania
1994 29 Brisbane  Australia 7 / 5  Belarus  Romania  China
 United States
1994 30 Dortmund  Germany 1 / 1  China
 Romania
N/A  Russia
1995 31 Sabae  Japan 8 / 6  China  Ukraine  Romania
1996 32 San Juan  Puerto Rico 6 / 4  Russia  Romania  Belarus
1997 33 Lausanne   Switzerland 8 / 6  Romania  Russia  China
1999 34 Tianjin  China 8 / 6  Russia  China  Romania
2001 35 Ghent  Belgium 8 / 6  Romania  Russia  Bulgaria
2002 36 Debrecen  Hungary 6 / 4  Romania  China  United States
2003 37 Anaheim  United States 8 / 6  China  United States  Japan
2005 38 Melbourne  Australia 7 / 5  United States  China  Slovenia
2006 39 Aarhus  Denmark 8 / 6  China  Romania  Australia
2007 40 Stuttgart  Germany 8 / 6  China  United States  Germany
2009 41 London  Great Britain 7 / 5  China  United States  Romania
2010 42 Rotterdam  Netherlands 8 / 6  China  Russia  United States
2011 43 Tokyo  Japan 8 / 6  China  United States  Russia
2013 44 Antwerp  Belgium 7 / 5  Japan  United States  China
2014 45 Nanning  China 8 / 6  United States  China  North Korea
2015 46 Glasgow  Great Britain 8 / 6  United States  Japan  Russia
2017 47 Montreal  Canada 7 / 5  China  Japan  Russia
2018 48 Doha  Qatar 8 / 6  United States  China  Russia
2019 49 Stuttgart  Germany 8 / 6  United States  Russia  Great Britain
2021 50 Copenhagen  Denmark 7 / 5 Future event
2022 51 Liverpool  Great Britain 8 / 6 Future event
2023 52 Antwerp  Belgium 8 / 6 Future event
2025 53 Osaka  Japan 8 / 6 Future event
Note

In 1931, an unofficial edition of the World Championships took place in Paris, France, with the participation of 10 different national federations.[3]

All-time medal table[edit]

Last updated after the 2019 World Championships.

Men's events[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China 62 32 26 120
2  Soviet Union 61 46 31 138
3  Japan 46 47 58 151
4  France 25 29 20 74
5   Switzerland 19 15 14 48
6  Czechoslovakia 18 16 14 48
7  Yugoslavia 17 9 8 34
8  Russia 13 21 14 48
9  Italy 13 8 22 43
10  Romania 12 9 5 26
11  Belarus 12 7 11 30
12  Bohemia [a] 10 8 10 28
13  Hungary 9 10 5 24
14  United States 8 10 13 31
15  Greece 7 2 2 11
16  East Germany 6 6 14 26
17  South Korea 6 2 3 11
18  North Korea 6 0 2 8
19  Germany 5 8 12 25
20  Netherlands 5 5 2 12
21  CIS [c] 5 2 3 10
22  Great Britain 4 10 4 18
23  Ukraine 4 8 11 23
24  Bulgaria 4 6 11 21
25 Brazil Brazil 4 4 2 10
26  Slovenia 3 4 0 7
27  Finland 2 5 1 8
 West Germany 2 5 1 8
29  Spain 2 3 1 6
30  Australia 1 2 2 5
 Poland 1 2 2 5
32  Croatia 1 2 1 4
33  Turkey 1 1 0 2
34  Luxembourg 1 0 4 5
35  Philippines 1 0 1 2
36  Kazakhstan 1 0 0 1
37  Belgium 0 4 4 8
38  Canada 0 3 4 7
39  Cuba 0 2 2 4
 Israel 0 2 2 4
41  Chinese Taipei 0 2 1 3
 Latvia 0 2 1 3
43  Austria-Hungary [b] 0 1 1 2
44  Mexico 0 1 0 1
45  Armenia 0 0 1 1
 Azerbaijan 0 0 1 1
 Ireland 0 0 1 1
 Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
 Sweden 0 0 1 1
 Uzbekistan 0 0 1 1
Unattached athlete [d] 0 0 1 1
Total 397 361 353 1111

Women's events[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union 50 40 28 118
2  United States 50 37 26 113
3  Romania 36 36 37 109
4  Russia 23 22 22 67
5  China 20 22 17 59
6  Czechoslovakia 16 13 6 35
7  East Germany 11 7 15 33
8  Poland 4 0 7 11
9  Ukraine 3 4 5 12
10  Great Britain 3 1 5 9
11  Sweden 3 1 1 5
12  Hungary 2 5 3 10
13  Japan 2 3 9 14
14  North Korea 2 3 1 6
15  Belgium 2 0 1 3
16  Belarus 2 0 0 2
17  Italy 1 2 6 9
18  Australia 1 2 2 5
 Uzbekistan 1 2 2 5
20  Germany 1 1 4 6
21 Brazil Brazil 1 1 2 4
22  Austria 1 1 1 3
23  Bulgaria 1 0 2 3
24  Spain 1 0 1 2
25  Canada 0 3 1 4
 Netherlands 0 3 1 4
27  Yugoslavia 0 2 0 2
28  France 0 1 5 6
29  CIS [c] 0 1 2 3
30   Switzerland 0 1 1 2
31  Cuba 0 0 1 1
 Mexico 0 0 1 1
 Vietnam 0 0 1 1
Total 237 214 216 667

Overall[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Soviet Union1118659256
2 China825444180
3 United States584739144
4 Japan485067165
5 Romania484542135
6 Russia364336115
7 Czechoslovakia34292083
8 France25302580
9  Switzerland19161550
10 East Germany17132959
11 Yugoslavia1711836
12 Italy14102852
13 Belarus1471132
14 Hungary1115834
15 Bohemia [a]1081028
16 North Korea83314
17 Ukraine7121635
18 Great Britain711927
19 Greece72211
20 Germany691631
21 South Korea62311
22 Netherlands58316
23 Bulgaria561324
24Brazil Brazil55414
25 CIS [c]53513
26 Poland52916
27 Slovenia3407
28 Spain3328
29 Sweden3126
30 Finland2518
 West Germany2518
32 Belgium24511
33 Australia24410
34 Uzbekistan1236
35 Croatia1214
36 Austria1113
37 Turkey1102
38 Luxembourg1045
39 Philippines1012
40 Kazakhstan1001
41 Canada06511
42 Cuba0235
43 Israel0224
44 Chinese Taipei0213
 Latvia0213
46 Austria-Hungary [b]0112
 Mexico0112
48 Armenia0011
 Azerbaijan0011
 Ireland0011
 Puerto Rico0011
 Vietnam0011
Unattached athlete [d]0011
Totals (52 nations)6345755691778
Notes

Statistics[edit]

Multiple gold medalists[edit]

Boldface denotes active artistic gymnasts and highest medal count among all artistic gymnasts (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Men[edit]

All events[edit]
Rank Artistic gymnast Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Vitaly Scherbo  Soviet Union
 CIS
 Belarus
1991 1996 12 7 4 23
2 Kōhei Uchimura  Japan 2009 2018 10 6 5 21
3 Joseph Martinez  France 1903 1909 10 1 11
4 Yuri Korolyov  Soviet Union 1981 1987 9 3 1 13
5 Dmitry Bilozerchev  Soviet Union 1983 1987 8 4 12
6 Li Xiaopeng  China 1997 2005 8 2 1 11
7 Marian Drăgulescu  Romania 2001 2015 8 2 10
8 Chen Yibing  China 2006 2011 8 8
9 Eizō Kenmotsu  Japan 1970 1979 7 5 3 15
10 Alexander Dityatin  Soviet Union 1978 1981 7 2 3 12
Akinori Nakayama  Japan 1966 1970 7 2 3 12
Individual events[edit]
Rank Artistic gymnast Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Vitaly Scherbo  Soviet Union
 CIS
 Belarus
1991 1996 11 7 4 22
2 Kōhei Uchimura  Japan 2009 2015 9 3 4 16
3 Marian Drăgulescu  Romania 2001 2015 8 2 10
4 Dmitry Bilozerchev  Soviet Union 1983 1987 7 3 10
5 Joseph Martinez  France 1903 1909 7 1 8
6 Yuri Korolyov  Soviet Union 1981 1987 6 2 1 9
7 Eugen Mack   Switzerland 1934 1938 5 3 1 9
8 Marco Torrès  France 1909 1913 5 3 8
9 Akinori Nakayama  Japan 1966 1970 5 2 3 10
Alexei Nemov  Russia 1995 2003 5 2 3 10

Women[edit]

All events[edit]

Rank Artistic gymnast Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Simone Biles  United States 2013 2019 19 3 3 25
2 Svetlana Khorkina  Russia 1994 2003 9 8 3 20
3 Larisa Latynina (Diriy)  Soviet Union 1954 1966 9 4 1 14
4 Gina Gogean  Romania 1993 1997 9 2 4 15
5 Ludmilla Tourischeva  Soviet Union 1970 1974 7 2 2 11
6 Daniela Silivaș  Romania 1985 1989 7 2 1 10
7 Simona Amânar  Romania 1994 1999 6 4 10
8 Nellie Kim  Soviet Union 1974 1979 5 4 2 11
Yelena Shushunova  Soviet Union 1985 1987 5 4 2 11
10 Lavinia Miloșovici  Romania 1991 1996 5 3 5 13

Individual events[edit]

Rank Artistic gymnast Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Simone Biles  United States 2013 2019 15 3 3 21
2 Svetlana Khorkina  Russia 1994 2003 9 5 2 16
3 Larisa Latynina  Soviet Union 1958 1962 6 3 1 10
4 Gina Gogean  Romania 1993 1997 6 2 4 12
5 Daniela Silivaș  Romania 1985 1989 6 1 7
6 Ludmilla Tourischeva  Soviet Union 1970 1974 5 2 2 9
7 Maxi Gnauck  East Germany 1979 1983 5 1 6
Shannon Miller  United States 1991 1994 5 1 6
9 Yelena Shushunova  Soviet Union 1985 1987 4 3 2 9
10 Helena Rakoczy  Poland 1950 1954 4 3 7
Note

Few non-primary sources state that at the 1938 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, in Prague, Vlasta Děkanová of Czechoslovakia won 2 or 3 golds on multiple apparatuses. According to some sources, Děkanová and her compatriot Matylda Pálfyová shared gold medals in parallel bars (this event was replaced with uneven bars in the women's program at all subsequent world championships), while others state that Pálfyová shared this victory with Polish gymnast Marta Majowska, not Děkanová. The only primary source on the subject, a book officially released by the International Gymnastics Federation containing the results of the World Championships from 1903 to 2005, informs that medals were distributed only in the team all-around event and in the individual all-around event. Therefore, according to official reports, Děkanová's official number of gold medals is four, two in individual all-round (1934 and 1938) and two in team events (1934 and 1938) - not six or seven.[4]

Best results of top nations by event[edit]

Men's results[edit]

Only nations with medals in five or more events are listed. Positions below third place are not taken into account. Results for Germany and West Germany have been combined.

Event Belgium
BEL
Belarus
BLR
Bohemia
BOH
Bulgaria
BUL
China
CHN
Commonwealth of Independent States
CIS
Finland
FIN
France
FRA
United Kingdom
GBR
East Germany
GDR
Germany
GER
Italy
ITA
Japan
JPN
Romania
ROU
Russia
RUS
Switzerland
SUI
Czechoslovakia
TCH
Ukraine
UKR
Soviet Union
URS
United States
USA
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
YUG
Team 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Individual all-around 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Floor exercise 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Pommel horse 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Still rings 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Vault 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Parallel bars 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Horizontal bar 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)

Women's results[edit]

Only nations with medals in three or more events are listed. Positions below eight place are not taken into account. Results for Germany and West Germany have been combined.

Event Australia
AUS
Austria
AUT
Brazil
BRA
Canada
CAN
China
CHN
France
FRA
United Kingdom
GBR
East Germany
GDR
Germany
GER
Hungary
HUN
Italy
ITA
Japan
JPN
Netherlands
NED
Poland
POL
Romania
ROU
Russia
RUS
Sweden
SWE
Czechoslovakia
TCH
Ukraine
UKR
Soviet Union
URS
United States
USA
Team 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 5 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Individual all-around 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Vault 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 6 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Uneven bars 6 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Balance beam 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Floor exercise 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)". live.fig-gymnastics.com. Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  2. ^ "48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)". www.fig-gymnastics.com. Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  3. ^ Geocities - Ilia Belov
  4. ^ a b c Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (2005). 125th Anniversary - The story goes on... FIG.
  5. ^ a b FIG - Official historical results

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