2002 Debrecen World Championships
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Debrecen, Hungary


Főnix Hall

Vault Gold Medalist

Elena Zamolodchikova (RUS)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Courtney Kupets (USA)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Ashley Postell (USA)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Elena Gomez (ESP)

Preceded by

2001 Ghent World Championships

Succeeded by

2003 Anaheim World Championships

The 36th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Debrecen, Hungary, in 2002 at Főnix Hall.

Format of Competition

The team and all-around events were not contested at the 2002 Worlds. The format was similar to that of the 1992 and 1996 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 Russia Elena Zamolodchikova
Russia (RUS)
Flag of Russia Natalia Ziganshina
Russia (RUS)
Flag of Uzbekistan Oksana Chusovitina
Uzbekistan (UZB)
Uneven Bars Flag of the United States of America Courtney Kupets
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Romania Oana Petrovschi
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Russia Ludmila Ezhova
Russia (RUS)
Balance Beam Flag of the United States of America Ashley Postell
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Romania Oana Ban
Romania (ROU)
Flag of Ukraine Irina Yarotska
Ukraine (UKR)
Floor Exercise Flag of Spain Elena Gómez
Spain (ESP)
Flag of the Netherlands Verona van de Leur
Netherlands (NED)
Flag of the United States of America Samantha Sheehan
United States of America (USA)

Notable Moments

  • Elena Gomez became the first Spanish World Champion.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of the United States of America USA 2 0 1 3
2 Flag of Russia Russia 1 1 1 3
3 Flag of Romania Romania 0 2 0 2
4 Flag of Spain Spain 1 0 0 1
5 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 0 1 0 1
6 Flag of Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 0 0 1 1
7 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 0 0 1 1


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