The Best World Finishes of All Time

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Today’s post highlights each country’s best finishes at world championships since the event began in 1934. If you notice any mistakes, they’re most likely human error when copying over, so please let us know and we’re happy to make the changes! Without further ado…

ALBANIA
91st all-around 2009 Riselda Selaj
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2009
Total: 2 (1999, 2009)
ALGERIA
70th all-around 2015 Farah Boufadene
First appearance: 1970
Most recent: 2015
Total: 2 (1970, 2015)
ARGENTINA
18th team 1991, 2001
22nd all-around 1994 Romina Plataroti
First appearance: 1991
Most recent: 2017
Total: 16 (1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
ARMENIA
68th all-around 2015 Houry Gebeshian
First appearance: 2001
Most recent: 2015
Total: 3 (2001, 2011, 2015)
AUSTRALIA
3rd team 2003
3rd all-around 2005 Monette Russo
5th vault 1999 Trudy McIntosh
6th bars 2001 Jacqui Dunn
2006 Daria Joura
2nd beam 2009 Lauren Mitchell
1st floor 2010 Lauren Mitchell
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2017
Total: 27 (1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
AUSTRIA
6th team 1950
3rd all-around 1950 Gertrude Kolar
2nd vault 1950 Gertrude Kolar
1st bars 1950 Gertrude Kolar
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2017
Total: 26 (1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
AZERBAIJAN
30th team 2014
28th all-around 2017 Marina Nekrasova
First appearance: 2014
Most recent: 2017
Total: 3 (2014, 2015, 2017)
BAHAMAS
222nd all-around 2015 Kianna Dean
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2015
Total: 1 (2015)
BELARUS
6th team 1994
7th all-around 1993 Elena Piskun
1st vault 1993 Elena Piskun
1st bars 1996 Elena Piskun
4th floor 1993 Elena Piskun
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2015
Total: 18 (1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015)
BELGIUM
7th team 1950
8th all-around 2017 Nina Derwael
3rd bars 2017 Nina Derwael
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2017
Total: 24 (1950, 1954, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
BERMUDA
75th all-around 2009 Kaisey Griffith
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2009
Total: 3 (1999, 2003, 2009)
BOLIVIA
64th al-around 1994 Cecilia Mass Porras
First appearance: 1994
Most recent: 2015
Total: 3 (1994 individual, 2003, 2015)
BRAZIL
5th team 2007
3rd all-around 2007 Jade Barbosa
3rd vault 2010 Jade Barbosa
7th beam 2007 Jade Barbosa
1st floor 2003 Daiane dos Santos
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2017
Total: 27 (1996, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
BULGARIA
4th team 1983, 1985
4th all-around 1983 Boriana Stoyanova
1st vault 1983 Boriana Stoyanova
5th bars 1985 Bojanka Demireva
4th beam 1992 Silvia Mitova
3rd floor 1981 Zoya Grancharova
1983 Boriana Stoyanova
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2017
Total: 32 (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 team, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
CANADA
6th team 1989, 2015
2nd all-around 2017 Ellie Black
4th vault 2017 Ellie Black
3rd beam 2006 Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs
5th floor 2017 Brooklyn Moors
First appearance: 1958
Most recent: 2017
Total: 30 (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
CAYMEN ISLANDS
250th all-around 2015 Morgan Lloyd
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2015
Total: 1 (2015)
CHILE
36th team 1999
53rd all-around 2005 Simona Castro
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2015
Total: 11 (1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
CHINA
1st team 2006
2nd all-around 2010 Jiang Yuyuan
1st vault 2005, 2006, 2007 Cheng Fei
1st bars 1979 Ma Yanhong
1989 Fan Di
1994 Luo Li
2009 He Kexin
2013 Huang Huidan
2014 Yao Jinnan
2015, 2017 Fan Yilin
1st beam 1995 Mo Huilan
1999 Ling Jie
2003 Fan Ye
2009 Deng Linlin
2011 Sui Lu
1st floor 1996 Kui Yuanyuan
2006 Cheng Fei
First appearance: 1958
Most recent: 2017
Total: 29 (1958, 1962, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
CHINESE TAIPEI
25th team 1987
51st all-around 2005 Lu Hsing-Yi
First appearance: 1987
Most recent: 2017
Total: 16 (1987, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
COLOMBIA
25th team 2014
31st all-around 2009 Nathalia Sanchez
8th floor 2009 Jessica Gil Ortiz
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2017
Total: 12 (1997, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
COSTA RICA
61st all-around 2013 Mariana Sanchez
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2013
Total: 2 (2011, 2013)
CROATIA
39th all-around 2005 Tina Erceg
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2017
Total: 8 (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017)
CUBA
14th team 1981
10th all-around 1993 Annia Portuondo
3rd vault 1996 Annia Portuondo
5th bars 1993 Annia Portuondo
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2017
Total: 12 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1981, 1993, 1994 team, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2015, 2017)
CYPRUS
69th all-around 2009 Marilena Georgiou
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2015
Total: 4 (1997, 2003, 2009, 2015)
CZECH REPUBLIC
16th team 1999, 2007
32nd all-around 2006 Jana Komrskova
4th vault 2001 Jana Komrskova
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2017
Total: 17 (1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
CZECHOSLOVAKIA 
1st team 1934, 1938, 1966
1st all-around 1934, 1938 Vlasta Dekanova
1966 Vera Caslavska
1st vault 1938 Vlasta Dekanova
1962, 1966 Vera Caslavska
1st bars 1938 Vlasta Dekanova
1938 Matylda Palfyova
1st beam 1938 Vlasta Dekanova
1962 Eva Bosakova
1979 Vera Cerna
1st floor 1938 Matylda Palfyova
1958 Adolfina Tkacikova
First appearance: 1934
Most recent: 1991
Total: 16 (1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991)
DENMARK
22nd team 1985
53rd all-around 2013 Mette Hulgaard
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2017
Total: 17 (1966, 1970, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
49th all-around 2013 Yamilet Pena
7th vault 2013 Yamilet Pena
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2015
Total: 3 (2011, 2013, 2015)
EAST GERMANY
2nd team 1970, 1974
2nd all-around 1970 Erika Zuchold
1979 Maxi Gnauck
1st vault 1970 Erika Zuchold
1981 Maxi Gnauck
1st bars 1970 Karin Janz
1974 Annelore Zinke
1979, 1981, 1983 Maxi Gnauck
1985 Gabrielle Faehnrich
1987 Dorte Thummler
1st beam 1970 Erika Zuchold
1981 Maxi Gnauck
3rd floor 1985 Ulrike Klotz
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 1989
Total: 11 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989)
ECUADOR
152nd all-around 2015 Giulianna Pino
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2015
Total: 1 (2015)
EGYPT
36th team 2014
36th all-around 2017 Sherine El Zeiny
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2017
Total: 10 (1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
ESTONIA
43rd all-around 1993 Ekaterina Savenkova
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2007
Total: 4 (1993, 1999, 2006, 2007)
FINLAND
13th team 1958
41st all-around 2005 Annamari Maaranen
2009 Annika Urvikko
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2017
Total: 22 (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1983, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
FRANCE
2nd team 1950
5th all-around 1950 Alexandra Lemoine
2005 Emelie Le Pennec
2009 Youna Dufournet
2017 Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos
3rd vault 1950 Alexandra Lemoine
2009 Youna Dufournet
3rd bars 1996 Isabelle Severino
4th beam 1997 Ludivine Furnon
3rd floor 1995 Ludivine Furnon
2007 Cassy Vericel
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2017
Total: 32 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
GEORGIA
174th all-around 2015 Nato Dzidziguri
First appearance: 2014
Most recent: 2015
Total: 2 (2014, 2015)
GERMANY
6th team 2011
8th all-around 2005 Daria Bijak
2nd vault 2011 Oksana Chusovitina
5th bars 2007 Marie-Sophie Hindermann
2013 Sophie Scheder
2017 Elisabeth Seitz
1st beam 2017 Pauline Schaefer
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2017
Total: 22 (1954, 1958, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
GREAT BRITAIN
3rd team 2015
4th all-around 2005 Beth Tweddle
4th vault 2015 Ellie Downie
1st bars 2006, 2010 Beth Tweddle
1st floor 2009 Beth Tweddle
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2017
Total: 31 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
GREECE
11th team 1995
15th all-around 1994 Virginia Karentzou
1995 Vasiliki Tsavdaridou
2005 Stefani Bismpikou
7th vault 1996 Vasiliki Tsavdaridou
5th beam 1996 Vasiliki Tsavdaridou
5th floor 1996, 1997 Vasiliki Tsavdaridou
First appearance: 1987
Most recent: 2017
Total: 21 (1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
GUATEMALA
12th all-around 1993 Luisa Portocarrero
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2015
Total: 6 (1993, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015)
HONDURAS
172nd all-around 2015 Kaisa Chirinos
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2015
Total: 1 (2015)
HONG KONG
58th all-around 2009 Hiu Ying Angel Wong
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2017
Total: 7 (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017)
HUNGARY
2nd team 1934, 1954
2nd all-around 1934 Margit Kalocsai
1st vault 1992 Henrietta Onodi
1st bars 1954 Agnes Keleti
3rd beam 1954 Agnes Keleti
1962 Aniko Ducza
2nd floor 1992 Henrietta Onodi
First appearance: 1934
Most recent: 2017
Total: 34 (1934, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
ICELAND
32nd team 2003
37th all-around 2017 Irina Sazonova
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2017
Total: 12 (1997, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
INDIA
27th team 2011
63rd all-around 2013 Dipa Karmakar
5th vault 2015 Dipa Karmakar
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2017
Total: 8 (1999, 2001, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
INDONESIA
126th all-around 2015 Rifda Irfanaluthfi
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2015
Total: 2 (2011, 2015)
IRELAND
35th team 2014
40th all-around 2005 Katie Slader
First appearance: 2005
Most recent: 2015
Total: 7 (2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
ISRAEL
15th team 1962
21st all-around 1994 Michal Shahaf
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2017
Total: 22 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
ITALY
3rd team 1950
1st all-around 2006 Vanessa Ferrari
3rd bars 2006 Vanessa Ferrari
2nd beam 1950 Marja Nutti
2nd floor 2013 Vanessa Ferrari
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2017
Total: 31 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 2017)
JAMAICA
45th all-around 2013 Toni-Ann Williams
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2017
Total: 4 (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
JAPAN
3rd team 1962, 1966
3rd all-around 1966 Keiko Ikeda
2009 Koko Tsurumi
6th vault 1966 Hiroko Ikenada
2nd bars 1966 Keiko Ikeda
2009 Koko Tsurumi
1st beam 1954 Keiko Tanaka
1st floor 2017 Mai Murakami
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2017
Total: 31 (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
JORDAN
152nd all-around 2003 Yasmeen Khair
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2003
Total: 1 (2003)
KAZAKHSTAN
19th team 1997
17th all-around 1997 Irina Evdokimova
7th floor 1993 Irina Evdokimova
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2015
Total: 13 (1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
KYRGYZSTAN
145th all-around 2007 Irina Raimbekova
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2007
Total: 2 (1999, 2007)
LATVIA
22nd team 2001
17th all-around 1993 Ludmilla Prince
5th beam 1993 Ludmilla Prince
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2017
Total: 10 (1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
LEBANON
144th all-around 2009 Katja Bou Aram
First appearance: 2009
Most recent: 2009
Total: 1 (2009)
LITHUANIA
36th all-around 2005 Jelena Zanevskaja
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2017
Total: 14 (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
LUXEMBOURG
15th team 1954
45th all-around 2005 Lara Marx
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2005
Total: 6 (1954, 1958, 1970, 1999, 2001, 2005)
MALAYSIA
66th all-around 1999 Au Li Yen
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2015
Total: 5 (1999, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015)
MALTA
196th all-around 2015 Suzanne Buttigieg
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2015
Total: 1 (2015)
MEXICO
14th team 2014
12th all-around 2009 Elsa Garcia
6th vault 1999 Denisse Lopez
8th floor 2002 Brenda Magana
First appearance: 1979
Most recent: 2017
Total: 19 (1979, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
MOLDOVA
103rd all-around 1997 Olga Jojita
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 1997
Total: 1 (1997)
MONACO
225th all-around 2015 Milla Fabre
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2015
Total: 1 (2015)
MONGOLIA
27th team 1983
75th all-around 1966 Tuiaa Iadamsurengiin
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2015
Total: 5 (1966, 1983, 1999, 2011, 2015)
MOROCCO
91st all-around 1993 Naima Ghouati
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2015
Total: 4 (1993, 1995, 1999, 2015)
NAMIBIA
108th all-around 1997 Gharde Geldenhuys
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2015
Total: 4 (1997, 1999, 2007, 2015)
NETHERLANDS
5th team 2001
9th all-around 2001 Verona van de Leur
6th vault 2001 Verona van de Leur
2nd bars 2001 Renske Endel
2nd beam 2015 Sanne Wevers
2nd floor 2002 Verona van de Leur
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2017
Total: 29 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
NEW ZEALAND
16th team 1970
44th all-around 2005 Alice Barnett
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2017
Total: 17 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1994 individual, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
NORTH KOREA
7th team 1989
10th all-around 1989 Choi Gyong Hui
1st vault 2014 Hong Un Jong
1st bars 1991 Kim Gwang Suk
4th beam 2009 Kim Un Hyang
8th floor 1989 Choi Gyong Hui
First appearance: 1983
Most recent: 2015
Total: 13 (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015)
NORWAY
12th team 1966
46th all-around 1994 Anita Tomulevska
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2017
Total: 21 (1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
PANAMA
86th all-around 2014 Isabella Amado
First appearance: 2014
Most recent: 2017
Total: 3 (2014, 2015, 2017)
PERU
34th team 2014
62nd all-around 2015 Ariana Orrego
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2015
Total: 4 (2003, 2011, 2014, 2015)
PHILIPPINES
79th all-around 1997 Jerra Cordova
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2015
Total: 2 (1997, 2015)
POLAND
3rd team 1934, 1938
1st all-around 1950 Helena Rakoczy
1st vault 1950, 1954 Helena Rakoczy
3rd bars 1950 Helena Rakoczy
1st beam 1950 Helena Rakoczy
1st floor 1950 Helena Rakoczy
First appearance: 1934
Most recent: 2015
Total: 25 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
PORTUGAL
22nd team 1978
16th all-around 2014 Filipa Martins
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2017
Total: 15 (1962, 1966, 1978, 1987, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
PUERTO RICO
26th team 1989
57th all-around 1994 Nanette Berrios
First appearance: 1987
Most recent: 2017
Total: 13 (1987, 1989, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
QATAR
88th all-around 2013 Shaden Wohdan
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2014
Total: 4 (2007, 2011, 2013, 2014)
ROMANIA
1st team 1979, 1987, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001
1st all-around 1987 Aurelia Dobre
1999 Maria Olaru
1st vault 1979 Dumitrita Turner
1991 Lavinia Milosovici
1994, 1996 Gina Gogean
1995, 1997 Simona Amanar
1st bars 1987, 1989 Daniela Silivas
1992 Lavinia Milosovici
1st beam 1978 Nadia Comaneci
1985, 1989 Daniela Silivas
1987 Aurelia Dobre
1993 Lavinia Milosovici
1997 Gina Gogean
2001 Andreea Raducan
2010 Ana Porgras
1st floor 1979 Emilia Eberle
1983 Ecaterina Szabo
1987, 1989 Daniela Silivas
1991 Cristina Bontas
1995, 1996, 1997 Gina Gogean
1999, 2001 Andreea Raducan
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2017
Total: 35 (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
RUSSIA
1st team 2010
1st all-around 1997, 2001, 2003 Svetlana Khorkina
2010 Aliya Mustafina
1st vault 1999, 2002 Elena Zamolodchikova
2001 Svetlana Khorkina
2015, 2017 Maria Paseka
1st bars 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001 Svetlana Khorkina
2007 Ksenia Semenova
2011, 2015 Viktoria Komova
2015 Daria Spiridonova
1st beam 1996 Dina Kochetkova
2013 Aliya Mustafina
1st floor 1994 Dina Kochetkova
1997 Svetlana Khorkina
2011 Ksenia Afanasyeva
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2017
Total: 20 (1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
SAARLAND
14th team 1954
103rd all-around 1954 Hannelore Georg
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 1954
Total: 1 (1954)
SERBIA
127th all-around 2015 Aleksandra Rajcic
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2015
Total: 2 (2003, 2015)
SINGAPORE
55th all-around 2007 Nicolette Lim
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2015
Total: 5 (2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
SLOVAKIA
16th team 2001
31st all-around 2017 Barbora Mokosova
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2017
Total: 17 (1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
SLOVENIA
23rd team 2011
40th all-around 2017 Lucija Hribar
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2017
Total: 14 (1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
SOUTH AFRICA
16th team 1994
34th all-around 2017 Claudia Cummins
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2017
Total: 19 (1954, 1958, 1966, 1993, 1994 team, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
SOUTH KOREA
10th team 1987
18th all-around 1987 Park Ji Sook
6th vault 2010 Jo Hyun Joo
First appearance: 1979
Most recent: 2017
Total: 23 (1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
SOVIET UNION
1st team 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991
1st all-around 1954 Galina Rudiko
1958, 1962 Larissa Latynina
1970, 1974 Ludmilla Tourischeva
1978 Elena Mukhina
1979 Nellie Kim
1981 Olga Bicherova
1983 Natalia Yurchenko
1985 Oksana Omelianchik
1985 Elena Shushunova
1989 Svetlana Boginskaya
1st vault 1954 Tamara Manina
1958 Larissa Latynina
1974 Olga Korbut
1978 Nellie Kim
1985, 1987 Elena Shushunova
1989 Olesia Dudnik
1st bars 1958 Larissa Latynina
1962 Irina Pervushina
1966 Natalia Kuchinskaya
1st beam 1958 Larissa Latynina
1966 Natalia Kuchinskaya
1974 Ludmilla Tourischeva
1983 Olga Mostepanova
1991 Svetlana Boginskaya
1st floor 1954 Tamara Manina
1962 Larissa Latynina
1966 Natalia Kuchinskaya
1970, 1974 Ludmilla Tourischeva
1978 Nellie Kim
1978 Elena Mukhina
1981 Natalia Ilienko
1985 Oksana Omelianchik
1987 Elena Shushunova
1989 Svetlana Boginskaya
1991 Oksana Chusovitina
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 1992
Total: 15 (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992)
SPAIN
4th team 2001
5th all-around 2003 Elena Gomez
4th vault 1996 Elisabeth Valle
4th bars 2001 Sara Moro
5th beam 2003 Elena Gomez
1st floor 2002 Elena Gomez
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2017
Total: 31 (1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
SRI LANKA
34th team 2003
71st all-around 2005 Danuska Wijerthna
First appearance: 2001
Most recent: 2005
Total: 3 (2001, 2003, 2005)
SWEDEN
1st team 1950
2nd all-around 1950 Ann-Sofi Pettersson
1st vault 1954 Ann-Sofi Pettersson
1st bars 1950 Ann-Sofi Pettersson
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2017
Total: 26 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
SWITZERLAND
14th team 1979, 1983
5th all-around 2015 Giulia Steingruber
2nd vault 2009 Ariella Kaeslin
5th floor 2013 Giulia Steingruber
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2017
Total: 25 (1966, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
THAILAND
124th all-around 1995 Lanna Apisukh
First appearance: 1995
Most recent: 2007
Total: 2 (1995, 2007)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
50th all-around 2013 Marisa Dick
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2015
Total: 3 (2011, 2013, 2015)
TURKEY
38th all-around 2009 Goksu Uctas
First appearance: 2006
Most recent: 2017
Total: 9 (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
UKRAINE
3rd team 1999
1st all-around 1995 Lilia Podkopayeva
1st vault 1995 Lilia Podkopayeva
2nd bars 1995 Lilia Podkopayeva
1st beam 2006 Iryna Krasnianska
3rd floor 1996 Lyubov Sheremeta
First appearance: 1991
Most recent: 2017
Total: 20 (1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
UNITED STATES
1st team 2003, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015
1st all-around 1991 Kim Zmeskal
1993, 1994 Shannon Miller
2005 Chellsie Memmel
2007 Shawn Johnson
2009 Bridget Sloan
2011 Jordyn Wieber
2013, 2014, 2015 Simone Biles
2017 Morgan Hurd
1st vault 2009 Kayla Williams
2010 Alicia Sacramone
2011, 2013 McKayla Maroney
1st bars 1978 Marcia Frederick
1993 Shannon Miller
2002 Courtney Kupets
2003 Hollie Vise
2003 Chellsie Memmel
2005 Nastia Liukin
2015 Madison Kocian
1st beam 1992 Kim Zmeskal
1994 Shannon Miller
2002 Ashley Postell
2005, 2007 Nastia Liukin
2014, 2015 Simone Biles
1st floor 1992 Kim Zmeskal
1993 Shannon Miller
2005 Alicia Sacramone
2007 Shawn Johnson
2013, 2014, 2015 Simone Biles
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2017
Total: 33 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
URUGUAY
151st all-around 1999 Maria del Carmen Laurino
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2015
Total: 2 (1999, 2015)
UZBEKISTAN
12th team 1997
6th all-around 1993 Roza Galieva
1st vault 2003 Oksana Chusovitina
8th bars 1993 Oksana Chusovitina
8th beam 2002 Oksana Chusovitina
6th floor 2002 Oksana Chusovitina
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2017
Total: 17 (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
VENEZUELA
21st team 2011
8th all-around 2014 Jessica Lopez
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2017
Total: 11 (1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
VIETNAM
80th all-around 2009 Phan Thi Ha Thanh
3rd vault 2011 Phan Thi Ha Thanh
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2017
Total: 7 (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
WEST GERMANY
8th team 1970, 1974, 1983
19th all-around 1983 Yvonne Haug
8th beam 1983 Anja Wilhelm
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 1989
Total: 11 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989)
YUGOSLAVIA
2nd team 1938
14th all-around 1950 Vida Gerbec
6th bars 1950 Vida Gerbec
2nd floor 1950 Tereza Kocis
First appearance: 1938
Most recent: 1974
Total: 8 (1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974)
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25 thoughts on “The Best World Finishes of All Time

  1. I love how Chusovitina made the list for all the countries she represented. I will die of happiness if Iordache, Olsen, Hernandez and Melnikova add theme selves onto the lists for their countries in Montreal next fall. Thank you a much for this Lauren! How long did it take?

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    • Yeah, and I love how Chuso has all of Uzbekistan’s top finishes except for AA! This took me a little over a week…compiling all of the data was the most complicated, since there’s no one reliable database of all worlds scores (some have only finals, qualifications were missing for many). After that it was simple to pull from each country’s overall rankings to see who had the top on each event (and yes, I have a list with every single finish for every single country/gymnast to ever compete at worlds!).

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  2. Thanks for this. It was a lot of fun to read.

    I was kind of surprised Svetlana Boginskaya wasn’t in there for Belarus. I know she peaked in the 89-92 quad when she was with the USSR, but she was around for a long time after that so I figured she’d have done more during 93-96.

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  3. Interesting that the Soviet Union did not have a world champion on bars after 1966, despite their dominance of the sport. East Germany and Romania got a fair share of titles in the 1970s and 1980s.

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  4. Hi Lauren. First of all, I want to congratulate you for all your amazing work. I am amazed by everything you are able to put out there in the gymternet! Thank you very much!

    And regarding this database, I just noticed that Svetlana Khorkina appears as the 1997 world co-champion on floor. I know that in some sites appears that she and Gina Gogean tied for gold. e.g. http://www.gymnasticsresults.com/w1997w.html#bb

    However, I would swear Gina Gogean was the sole gold medalist because they broke the tie. You can check the results in the link below. I also copied the youtube link to the moment in which Khorkina got her mark and to the moment they showed the final standings for your reference.

    http://www.gymn-forum.net/Results/Worlds/Women/1997_ef.html

    Keep the great job!

    An admirer

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  5. This is awesome, Lauren! I was surprised that Nadia had 1 individual Worlds gold. I’d forgotten that she only went to two World Championships. Thanks for your time and hard work! (Loved seeing all of Simone’s consecutive golds. Queen!)

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