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LATYNINA Larisa
LATYNINA Larisa

Larisa LATYNINA

  • G 9
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Larissa Latynina dominated female gymnastics, collecting a record 18 Olympic medals between 1956 and 1964

Debut success

Aged just 21, Latynina made her Olympic debut at the 1956 Melbourne Games. She fought off fierce competition to win gold in the all-around event. In the apparatus finals she finished first in the vault, second on the uneven bars and in the floor exercise, and fourth on the balance beam. She also led the Soviet Union to victory in the team event.

Medal rush

At the 1960 Rome Games, Latynina defended her all-around title and won another gold medal in the team event. She also earned a second gold medal in the floor exercise, picked up silver medals on the uneven bars and the balance beam, and a bronze medal in the vault. Yet despite winning seven Olympic gold medals, her hunger for success was not diminished.

Sustained success

Four years later, Latynina won her third Olympic team gold medal and a silver medal in the all-around event. In the apparatus finals she won a silver medal in the vault, bronze medals on the uneven bars and the balance beam, and won the floor exercise for the third straight time.

Olympic records

Latynina’s incredible achievements make her the holder of several Olympic records. Until Michael Phelps broke her record in London, she was the only athlete in any sport to have won eighteen Olympic medals. She is one of only four athletes to have won nine gold medals and one of only three women to have won the same event at Summer Games three times.

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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • B 19.199
    Gymnastics
    uneven bars women
    G 380.890
    Gymnastics
    team competition women
    S 19.283
    Gymnastics
    vault women
    S 76.998
    Gymnastics
    individual all-round women
    B 19.382
    Gymnastics
    balance beam women
    G 19.599
    Gymnastics
    floor exercises women
  • G 77.031
    Gymnastics
    individual all-round women
    G 19.583
    Gymnastics
    floor exercises women
    S 19.233
    Gymnastics
    balance beam women
    S 19.416
    Gymnastics
    uneven bars women
    B 19.016
    Gymnastics
    vault women
    G 382.320
    Gymnastics
    team competition women
  • G 18.733
    Gymnastics
    floor exercises women
    G 18.833
    Gymnastics
    vault women
    S 18.833
    Gymnastics
    uneven bars women
    G 74.933
    Gymnastics
    individual all-round women
    G 444.80
    Gymnastics
    team competition women
    B 74.00
    Gymnastics
    team, portable apparatus women


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