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1997 Lausanne World Championships
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City

Lausanne, Switzerland

Venue

Centre Intercommunal de Glace de Malley

Team Gold Medalist

Romania

All-Around Gold Medalist

Svetlana Khorkina (RUS)

Vault Gold Medalist

Simona Amânar (ROU)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Svetlana Khorkina (RUS)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Gina Gogean (ROU)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Gina Gogean (ROU)

Preceded by

1996 San Juan World Championships

Succeeded by

1999 Tianjin World Championships

The 33rd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1997.

The 1997 Worlds were notable because they were the first major contest to be held after the elimination of compulsory exercises.

Format of Competition

All participating gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, participated in a qualification round. The results of this competition determined which teams and individuals participated in the remaining competitions, which included:  *The team competition, in which the six highest scoring teams from qualifications competed. Each team of six gymnasts could have up to five gymnasts perform on each apparatus, and only the four highest scores counted toward the team total.

  • The all-around competition, in which the thirty-six highest scoring individuals in the all-around competed. Each country was limited to three gymnasts in the all-around final.
  • The event finals, in which the eight highest scoring individuals on each apparatus competed. Each country was limited to two gymnasts in each apparatus final.

Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team Flag of Romania.png Romania

Simona Amânar
Gina Gogean
Alexandra Marinescu
Claudia Presăcan
Mirela Ţugurlan
Corina Ungureanu

Flag of Russia.png Russia

Svetlana Bakhtina
Elena Dolgopolova
Elena Grosheva
Svetlana Khorkina
Yevgeniya Kuznetsova
Elena Produnova

Flag of China.png China

Bi Wenjing
Kui Yuanyuan
Liu Xuan
Meng Fei
Mo Huilan
Zhou Duan

All-Around Flag of Russia.png Svetlana Khorkina
Russia (RUS)
Flag of Romania.png Simona Amânar
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Russia.png Elena Produnova
Russia (RUS)
Vault Flag of Romania.png Simona Amânar
Romania (ROU)
Flag of China.png Zhou Duan
China (CHN)
Flag of Romania.png Gina Gogean
Romania (ROU)
Uneven Bars Flag of Russia.png Svetlana Khorkina
Russia (RUS)
Flag of China.png Meng Fei
China (CHN)
Flag of China.png Bi Wenjing
China (CHN)
Balance Beam Flag of Romania.png Gina Gogean
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Russia.png Svetlana Khorkina
Russia (RUS)
Flag of China.png Kui Yuanyuan
China (CHN)
Floor Exercise Flag of Romania.png Gina Gogean
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Russia.png Svetlana Khorkina
Russia (RUS)
Flag of Russia.png Elena Produnova
Russia (RUS)

Notable Moments

  • Centre Intercommunal de Glace de Malley during the competition

    Russia's Svetlana Khorkina became the first Russian gymnast to win the World All-Around title since the Soviet collapse.

Controvery

  • In the vault final, Khorkina fell on her first vault and walked out of the arena without performing her second. The crowd responded negatively to her refusing to compete her second vault.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal.png Silver-medal.png Bronze-medal.png Total
1 Flag of Russia.png Russia 2 3 2 7
2 Flag of Romania.png Romania 4 1 1 6
3 Flag of China.png China 0 2 3 5
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