The Best World Finishes of All Time

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Highlighting each country’s best all-around, apparatus, and team finishes at world championships since the event began in 1934.

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: 2019
Total: 4 (1970, 2015, 2018, 2019)
ARGENTINA
22nd all-around 1994 Romina Plataroti
18th team 1991, 2001
First appearance: 1991
Most recent: 2019
Total: 18 (1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
ARMENIA
68th all-around 2015 Houry Gebeshian
First appearance: 2001
Most recent: 2019
Total: 4 (2001, 2011, 2015, 2019)
AUSTRALIA
3rd all-around 2005 Monette Russo
5th vault 1999 Trudy McIntosh
6th uneven bars 2001 Jacqui Dunn
2006 Daria Joura
2nd balance beam 2009 Lauren Mitchell
1st floor exercise 2010 Lauren Mitchell
3rd team 2003
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2019
Total: 29 (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, 2018, 2019)
AUSTRIA
3rd all-around 1950 Gertrude Kolar
2nd vault 1950 Gertrude Kolar
1st uneven bars 1950 Gertrude Kolar
6th team 1950
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2021
Total: 29 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
AZERBAIJAN
28th all-around 2017 Marina Nekrasova
30th team 2014
First appearance: 2014
Most recent: 2021
Total: 6 (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
BAHAMAS
222nd all-around 2015 Kianna Dean
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2015
Total: 1 (2015)
BELARUS
7th all-around 1993 Elena Piskun
1st vault 1993 Elena Piskun
1st uneven bars 1996 Elena Piskun
4th floor exercise 1993 Elena Piskun
6th team 1994
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
Total: 20 (1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
BELGIUM
4th all-around 2018 Nina Derwael
1st uneven bars 2018, 2019 Nina Derwael
4th balance beam 2018 Nina Derwael
7th team 1950
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2019
Total: 25 (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, 2018, 2019)
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: 2019
Total: 5 (1994 individual, 2003, 2015, 2018, 2019)
BRAZIL
3rd all-around 2007 Jade Barbosa
1st vault 2021 Rebeca Andrade
2nd uneven bars 2021 Rebeca Andrade
6th balance beam 2019 Flavia Saraiva
2021 Rebeca Andrade
1st floor exercise 2003 Daiane dos Santos
5th team 2007
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2021
Total: 30 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
BULGARIA
4th all-around 1983 Boriana Stoyanova
1st vault 1983 Boriana Stoyanova
5th uneven bars 1985 Bojanka Demireva
4th balance beam 1992 Silvia Mitova
3rd floor exercise 1981 Zoya Grancharova
1983 Boriana Stoyanova
4th team 1983, 1985
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2019
Total: 33 (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, 2019)
CANADA
2nd all-around 2017 Ellie Black
2nd vault 2018 Shallon Olsen
2nd balance beam 2018 Ana Padurariu
5th floor exercise 2017 Brooklyn Moors
4th team 2018
First appearance: 1958
Most recent: 2021
Total: 33 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
CAYMAN ISLANDS
136th all-around 2018 Raegan Rutty
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2019
Total: 3 (2015, 2018, 2019)
CHILE
53rd all-around 2005 Simona Castro
36th team 1999
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2019
Total: 13 (1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
CHINA
2nd all-around 2010 Jiang Yuyuan
2019 Tang Xijing
1st vault 2005, 2006, 2007 Cheng Fei
1st uneven bars 1979 Ma Yanhong
1989 Fan Di
1994 Luo Li
2009 He Kexin
2013 Huang Huidan
2014 Yao Jinnan
2015, 2017 Fan Yilin
2021 Wei Xiaoyuan
1st balance beam 1995 Mo Huilan
1999 Ling Jie
2003 Fan Ye
2009 Deng Linlin
2011 Sui Lu
2018 Liu Tingting
1st floor exercise 1996 Kui Yuanyuan
2006 Cheng Fei
1st team 2006
First appearance: 1958
Most recent: 2021
Total: 32 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
CHINESE TAIPEI
30th all-around 2021 Ting Hua-Tien
25th team 1987
First appearance: 1987
Most recent: 2021
Total: 19 (1987, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021)
COLOMBIA
31st all-around 2009 Nathalia Sanchez
8th floor exercise 2009 Jessica Gil Ortiz
25th team 2014
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2021
Total: 15 (1997, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
COSTA RICA
61st all-around 2013 Mariana Sanchez
41st team 2018
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2019
Total: 4 (2011, 2013, 2018, 2019)
CROATIA
39th all-around 2005 Tina Erceg
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2021
Total: 11 (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
CUBA
10th all-around 1993 Annia Portuondo
3rd vault 1996 Annia Portuondo
5th uneven bars 1993 Annia Portuondo
14th team 1981
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2019
Total: 13 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1981, 1993, 1994 team, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2015, 2017, 2019)
CYPRUS
69th all-around 2009 Marilena Georgiou
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2019
Total: 6 (1997, 2003, 2009, 2015, 2018, 2019)
CZECH REPUBLIC
20th all-around 2007 Kristyna Palesova
4th vault 2001 Jana Komrskova
16th team 1999, 2007
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2021
Total: 20 (1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
CZECHOSLOVAKIA 
1st all-around 1934, 1938 Vlasta Dekanova
1966 Vera Caslavska
1st vault 1938 Vlasta Dekanova
1962, 1966 Vera Caslavska
1st uneven bars 1938 Vlasta Dekanova
1938 Matylda Palfyova
1st balance beam 1938 Vlasta Dekanova
1962 Eva Bosakova
1979 Vera Cerna
1st floor exercise 1938 Matylda Palfyova
1958 Eva Bosakova
1st team 1934, 1938, 1966
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
36th all-around 2021 Camille Rasmussen
22nd team 1985
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2021
Total: 20 (1966, 1970, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
49th all-around 2013 Yamilet Pena
7th vault 2013 Yamilet Pena
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2019
Total: 4 (2011, 2013, 2015, 2019)
EAST GERMANY
2nd all-around 1970 Erika Zuchold
1979 Maxi Gnauck
1st vault 1970 Erika Zuchold
1981 Maxi Gnauck
1st uneven bars 1970 Karin Janz
1974 Annelore Zinke
1979, 1981, 1983 Maxi Gnauck
1985 Gabrielle Faehnrich
1987 Dorte Thummler
1st balance beam 1970 Erika Zuchold
1981 Maxi Gnauck
3rd floor exercise 1985 Ulrike Klotz
2nd team 1970, 1974
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 1989
Total: 11 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989)
ECUADOR
29th all-around 2021 Alais Perea
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2021
Total: 3 (2015, 2019, 2021)
EGYPT
36th all-around 2017 Sherine El Zeiny
4th vault 2021 Nancy Taman
24th team 2019
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2021
Total: 13 (1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
EL SALVADOR
146th all-around 2019 Alexa Grande
First appearance: 2019
Most recent: 2019
Total: 1 (2019)
ESTONIA
43rd all-around 1993 Ekaterina Savenkova
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2007
Total: 4 (1993, 1999, 2006, 2007)
FINLAND
27th all-around 2021 Ada Hautala
13th team 1958
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2021
Total: 25 (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1983, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
FRANCE
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 uneven bars 1996 Isabelle Severino
4th balance beam 1997 Ludivine Furnon
3rd floor exercise 1995 Ludivine Furnon
2007 Cassy Vericel
2nd team 1950
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2021
Total: 35 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
GEORGIA
98th all-around 2019 Maria Kharenkova
First appearance: 2014
Most recent: 2019
Total: 4 (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
GERMANY
6th all-around 2019 Elisabeth Seitz
2nd vault 2011 Oksana Chusovitina
3rd uneven bars 2018 Elisabeth Seitz
1st balance beam 2017 Pauline Schäfer
6th team 2011
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2021
Total: 25 (1954, 1958, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
GREAT BRITAIN
4th all-around 2005 Beth Tweddle
3rd vault 2019 Ellie Downie
1st uneven bars 2006, 2010 Beth Tweddle
1st floor exercise 2009 Beth Tweddle
3rd team 2015
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2021
Total: 34 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
GREECE
15th all-around 1994 Virginia Karentzou
1995 Vasiliki Tsavdaridou
2005 Stefani Bismpikou
7th vault 1996 Vasiliki Tsavdaridou
5th balance beam 1996 Vasiliki Tsavdaridou
5th floor exercise 1996, 1997 Vasiliki Tsavdaridou
11th team 1995
First appearance: 1987
Most recent: 2019
Total: 23 (1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
GUATEMALA
12th all-around 1993 Luisa Portocarrero
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
Total: 8 (1993, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
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: 2021
Total: 10 (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
HUNGARY
2nd all-around 1934 Margit Kalocsai
1st vault 1992 Henrietta Onodi
1st uneven bars 1954 Agnes Keleti
3rd balance beam 1954 Agnes Keleti
1962 Aniko Ducza
2nd floor exercise 1992 Henrietta Onodi
2nd team 1934, 1954
First appearance: 1934
Most recent: 2021
Total: 37 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
ICELAND
37th all-around 2017 Irina Sazonova
32nd team 2003
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2021
Total: 15 (1997, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
INDIA
46th all-around 2021 Aruna Budda Reddy
5th vault 2015 Dipa Karmakar
27th team 2011
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2021
Total: 10 (1999, 2001, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
INDONESIA
57th all-around 2018 Rifda Irfanaluthfi
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2019
Total: 4 (2011, 2015, 2018, 2019)
IRELAND
19th all-around 2021 Emma Slevin
35th team 2014
First appearance: 2005
Most recent: 2021
Total: 10 (2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021)
ISRAEL
21st all-around 1994 Michal Shahaf
6th vault 2021 Ofir Netzer
15th team 1962
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2021
Total: 25 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
ITALY
1st all-around 2006 Vanessa Ferrari
2nd vault 2021 Asia D’Amato
3rd uneven bars 2006 Vanessa Ferrari
2nd balance beam 1950 Marja Nutti
2nd floor exercise 2013 Vanessa Ferrari
3rd team 1950, 2019
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2021
Total: 34 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
JAMAICA
45th all-around 2013 Toni-Ann Williams
42nd team 2018
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2019
Total: 6 (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
JAPAN
2nd all-around 2018 Mai Murakami
6th vault 1966 Hiroko Ikenada
2nd uneven bars 1966 Keiko Ikeda
2009 Koko Tsurumi
1st balance beam 1954 Keiko Ikeda
2021 Ashikawa Urara
1st floor exercise 2017, 2021 Mai Murakami
3rd team 1962, 1966
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2021
Total: 34 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
JORDAN
113th all-around 2018 Ruba Al Daoud
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2018
Total: 2 (2003, 2018)
KAZAKHSTAN
17th all-around 1997 Irina Evdokimova
7th floor exercise 1993 Irina Evdokimova
19th team 1997
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2018
Total: 14 (1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
KYRGYZSTAN
145th all-around 2007 Irina Raimbekova
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2007
Total: 2 (1999, 2007)
LATVIA
17th all-around 1993 Ludmilla Prince
5th balance beam 1993 Ludmilla Prince
22nd team 2001
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2021
Total: 13 (1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
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: 2021
Total: 16 (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
LUXEMBOURG
34th all-around 2021 Celeste Mordenti
15th team 1954
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2021
Total: 8 (1954, 1958, 1970, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2019, 2021)
MALAYSIA
59th all-around 2019 Farah Ann Abdul Hadi
37th team 2018
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2019
Total: 7 (1999, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
MALTA
196th all-around 2015 Suzanne Buttigieg
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2015
Total: 1 (2015)
MEXICO
12th all-around 2009 Elsa Garcia
3rd vault 2018 Alexa Moreno
8th floor exercise 2002 Brenda Magana
14th team 2014
First appearance: 1979
Most recent: 2021
Total: 22 (1979, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
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
75th all-around 1966 Tuiaa Iadamsurengiin
27th team 1983
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 all-around 2021 Naomi Visser
6th vault 2001 Verona van de Leur
2nd uneven bars 2001 Renske Endel
2nd balance beam 2015 Sanne Wevers
2nd floor exercise 2002 Verona van de Leur
5th team 2001
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2021
Total: 32 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
NEW ZEALAND
44th all-around 2005 Alice Barnett
16th team 1970
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2019
Total: 19 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1994 individual, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
NIGERIA
152nd all-around 2019 Annabel Agba
First appearance: 2019
Most recent: 2019
Total: 1 (2019)
NORTH KOREA
10th all-around 1989 Choi Gyong Hui
1st vault 2014 Hong Un Jong
1st uneven bars 1991 Kim Gwang Suk
4th balance beam 2009 Kim Un Hyang
8th floor exercise 1989 Choi Gyong Hui
7th team 1989
First appearance: 1983
Most recent: 2019
Total: 15 (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
NORWAY
41st all-around 2021 Maria Tronrud
12th team 1966
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2021
Total: 24 (1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
PANAMA
86th all-around 2014 Isabella Amado
First appearance: 2014
Most recent: 2019
Total: 4 (2014, 2015, 2017, 2019)
PERU
62nd all-around 2015 Ariana Orrego
34th team 2014
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2019
Total: 6 (2003, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
PHILIPPINES
79th all-around 1997 Jerra Cordova
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2018
Total: 3 (1997, 2015, 2018)
POLAND
1st all-around 1950 Helena Rakoczy
1st vault 1950, 1954 Helena Rakoczy
3rd uneven bars 1950 Helena Rakoczy
1st balance beam 1950 Helena Rakoczy
1st floor exercise 1950 Helena Rakoczy
3rd team 1934, 1938
First appearance: 1934
Most recent: 2019
Total: 27 (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, 2018, 2019)
PORTUGAL
7th all-around 2021 Filipa Martins
8th uneven bars 2021 Filipa Martins
22nd team 1978
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2021
Total: 18 (1962, 1966, 1978, 1987, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
PUERTO RICO
57th all-around 1994 Nanette Berrios
26th team 1989
First appearance: 1987
Most recent: 2019
Total: 14 (1987, 1989, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
QATAR
88th all-around 2013 Shaden Wohdan
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2018
Total: 5 (2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018)
ROMANIA
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 uneven bars 1987, 1989 Daniela Silivas
1992 Lavinia Milosovici
1st balance 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 exercise 1979 Emilia Eberle
1983 Ecaterina Szabo
1987, 1989 Daniela Silivas
1991 Cristina Bontas
1995, 1996, 1997 Gina Gogean
1999, 2001 Andreea Raducan
1st team 1979, 1987, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2021
Total: 38 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
RUSSIA
1st all-around 1997, 2001, 2003 Svetlana Khorkina
2010 Aliya Mustafina
2021 Angelina Melnikova
1st vault 1999, 2002 Elena Zamolodchikova
2001 Svetlana Khorkina
2015, 2017 Maria Paseka
1st uneven bars 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001 Svetlana Khorkina
2007 Ksenia Semenova
2011, 2015 Viktoria Komova
2015 Daria Spiridonova
1st balance beam 1996 Dina Kochetkova
2013 Aliya Mustafina
1st floor exercise 1994 Dina Kochetkova
1997 Svetlana Khorkina
2011 Ksenia Afanasyeva
1st team 2010
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2021
Total: 23 (1993, 1994 individual, 1994 team, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
SAARLAND
103rd all-around 1954 Hannelore Georg
14th team 1954
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 1954
Total: 1 (1954)
SERBIA
121st all-around 2018 Aleksandra Rajcic
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2019
Total: 4 (2003, 2015, 2018, 2019)
SINGAPORE
55th all-around 2007 Nicolette Lim
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2019
Total: 7 (2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
SLOVAKIA
31st all-around 2017 Barbora Mokosova
16th team 2001
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2021
Total: 20 (1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
SLOVENIA
38th all-around 2021 Lucija Hribar
23rd team 2011
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2021
Total: 17 (1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
SOUTH AFRICA
34th all-around 2017 Claudia Cummins
16th team 1994
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2019
Total: 21 (1954, 1958, 1966, 1993, 1994 team, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
SOUTH KOREA
11th all-around 2021 Shin Solyi
5th vault 2018 Yeo Seojeong
10th team 1987
First appearance: 1979
Most recent: 2021
Total: 26 (1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
SOVIET UNION
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 uneven bars 1958 Larissa Latynina
1962 Irina Pervushina
1966 Natalia Kuchinskaya
1st balance beam 1958 Larissa Latynina
1966 Natalia Kuchinskaya
1974 Ludmilla Tourischeva
1983 Olga Mostepanova
1991 Svetlana Boginskaya
1st floor exercise 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
1st team 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 1992
Total: 15 (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992)
SPAIN
5th all-around 2003 Elena Gomez
4th vault 1996 Elisabeth Valle
4th uneven bars 2001 Sara Moro
5th balance beam 2003 Elena Gomez
1st floor exercise 2002 Elena Gomez
4th team 2001
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2019
Total: 33 (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, 2018, 2019)
SRI LANKA
71st all-around 2005 Danuska Wijerthna
34th team 2003
First appearance: 2001
Most recent: 2019
Total: 4 (2001, 2003, 2005, 2019)
SWEDEN
2nd all-around 1950 Ann-Sofi Pettersson
1st vault 1954 Ann-Sofi Pettersson
1st uneven bars 1950 Ann-Sofi Pettersson
1st team 1950
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2021
Total: 29 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
SWITZERLAND
5th all-around 2015 Giulia Steingruber
2nd vault 2009 Ariella Kaeslin
5th floor exercise 2013 Giulia Steingruber
14th team 1979, 1983
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2021
Total: 28 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
SYRIA
First appearance: 2018
Most recent: 2018
Total: 1 (2018)Note: The Syrian gymnast who competed in 2018, Areej Al Khayat, only competed one vault in Doha and therefore wasn’t eligible for any official all-around or event rankings.
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)
TUNISIA
First appearance: 2019
Most recent: 2019
Total: 1 (2019)Note: The Tunisian gymnast who competed in 2019, Chahed Sakr, only competed two events in Stuttgart and therefore wasn’t eligible for any official all-around or event rankings.
TURKEY
38th all-around 2009 Göksu Üctas Sanli
30th team 2018
First appearance: 2006
Most recent: 2021
Total: 12 (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
UKRAINE
1st all-around 1995 Lilia Podkopayeva
1st vault 1995 Lilia Podkopayeva
2nd uneven bars 1995 Lilia Podkopayeva
1st balance beam 2006 Iryna Krasnianska
3rd floor exercise 1996 Lyubov Sheremeta
3rd team 1999
First appearance: 1991
Most recent: 2021
Total: 23 (1991, 1993, 1994 individual, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
UNITED STATES
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, 2018, 2019 Simone Biles
2017 Morgan Hurd
1st vault 2009 Kayla Williams
2010 Alicia Sacramone
2011, 2013 McKayla Maroney
2018, 2019 Simone Biles
1st uneven bars 1978 Marcia Frederick
1993 Shannon Miller
2002 Courtney Kupets
2003 Hollie Vise
2003 Chellsie Memmel
2005 Nastia Liukin
2015 Madison Kocian
1st balance beam 1992 Kim Zmeskal
1994 Shannon Miller
2002 Ashley Postell
2005, 2007 Nastia Liukin
2014, 2015, 2019 Simone Biles
1st floor exercise 1992 Kim Zmeskal
1993 Shannon Miller
2005 Alicia Sacramone
2007 Shawn Johnson
2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 Simone Biles
1st team 2003, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2021
Total: 36 (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, 2018, 2019, 2021)
URUGUAY
151st all-around 1999 Maria del Carmen Laurino
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2019
Total: 3 (1999, 2015, 2019)
UZBEKISTAN
6th all-around 1993 Roza Galieva
1st vault 2003 Oksana Chusovitina
8th uneven bars 1993 Oksana Chusovitina
8th balance beam 2002 Oksana Chusovitina
6th floor exercise 2002 Oksana Chusovitina
12th team 1997
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
Total: 19 (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
VENEZUELA
8th all-around 2014 Jessica Lopez
21st team 2011
First appearance: 1999
Most recent: 2019
Total: 12 (1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019)
VIETNAM
55th all-around 2021 Tran Doan Quynh Nam
3rd vault 2011 Phan Thi Ha Thanh
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2021
Total: 10 (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
WEST GERMANY
19th all-around 1983 Yvonne Haug
8th balance beam 1983 Anja Wilhelm
8th team 1970, 1974, 1983
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 1989
Total: 11 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989)
YUGOSLAVIA
14th all-around 1950 Vida Gerbec
6th uneven bars 1950 Vida Gerbec
2nd floor exercise 1950 Tereza Kocis
2nd team 1938
First appearance: 1938
Most recent: 1974
Total: 8 (1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974)

30 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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