The Best Men’s World Finishes of All Time

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Kohei Uchimura

As a long-awaited follow-up to our women’s “best of all time” lists, here are the men’s best world championships finishes for every country over the history of the sport dating back to the first event in 1903. Enjoy!

ALBANIA
70th all-around 2013 Alon Hasa
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2019
ALGERIA
40th team 2003, 2006
39th all-around 2005 Noureddine Yahouia
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2019
ANGOLA
287th all-around 2014 Mauro Graciano
First appearance: 2014
Most recent: 2014
ARGENTINA
19th team 1994
24th all-around 2009 Federico Molinari
First appearance: 1991
Most recent: 2019
ARMENIA
32nd team 2018
9th all-around 2018 Artur Davtyan
3rd pommel horse 2015 Harutyun Merdinyan
4th still rings 2018 Artur Tovmasyan
7th vault 2018 Artur Davtyan
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
AUSTRALIA
14th team 2006
12th all-around 2006 Joshua Jefferis
2nd pommel horse 2006 Prashanth Sellathurai
1st high bar 2006 Philippe Rizzo
First appearance: 1970
Most recent: 2019
AUSTRIA
13th team 1954
24th all-around 1950 Willy Welt
4th floor exercise 1950 Ernst Wister
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2019
AZERBAIJAN
35th team 2018
6th all-around 1993 Valery Belenky
7th still rings 2018 Nikita Simonov
8th vault 1993 Valery Belenky
3rd parallel bars 1993 Valery Belenky
2015 Oleg Stepko
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019

Azerbaijan didn’t yet have a gymnastics program following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, so the Azeri gymnast Valery Belenky competed as an unattached Azeri athlete at worlds in 1993. With no plans to create a program at that time, he opted to become a German citizen and began representing Germany in 1994.

BAHAMAS
253rd all-around 2007 Troy Maillis
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2007
BANGLADESH
174th all-around 2011 Syque Caesar
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2011
BARBADOS
99th all-around 1999 Shane de Freitas
First appearance: 1995
Most recent: 2003
BELARUS
1st team 2001
1st all-around 1993 Vitaly Scherbo
1994, 1997 Ivan Ivankov
1st floor exercise 1994, 1995, 1996 Vitaly Scherbo
4th pommel horse 2005 Alexei Ihnatovich
3rd still rings 1993, 1997 Ivan Ivankov
1st vault 1993, 1994 Vitaly Scherbo
1st parallel bars 1993, 1995 Vitaly Scherbo
1st high bar 1994 Vitaly Scherbo
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
BELGIUM
2nd team 1903
2nd all-around 1903 Georges Wiernicks
7th pommel horse 2010 Donna Donny Truyens
2nd still rings 1903 Francois Walravens
3rd parallel bars 1903 Eugene Dua
2nd high bar 1903 Charles van Hulle
First appearance: 1903
Most recent: 2019
BOLIVIA
82nd all-around 1994 Ignacio Morales
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2015
BOTSWANA
49th all-around 2005 Kutlwano Mothibi
First appearance: 2005
Most recent: 2005
BRAZIL
6th team 2014
5th all-around 2013 Sergio Sasaki
1st floor exercise 2005, 2007 Diego Hypolito
1st still rings 2013 Arthur Zanetti
5th vault 2006 Diego Hypolito
2013, 2014 Sergio Sasaki
1st high bar 2019 Arthur Mariano
First appearance: 1978
Most recent: 2019
BULGARIA
4th team 1987
3rd all-around 1999, 2001 Yordan Yovtchev
1st floor exercise 2001, 2003 Yordan Yovtchev
3rd pommel horse 1978 Stoyan Deltchev
1987 Lubomir Geraskov
1st still rings 2001, 2003 Yordan Yovtchev
3rd vault 1987 Dian Kolev
6th parallel bars 1996 Ivan Ivanov
2nd high bar 1996 Krasimir Dounev
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2019
CANADA
6th team 2006
9th all-around 2006 Adam Wong
2nd floor exercise 2005 Brandon O’Neill
3rd vault 1992 Curtis Hibbert
2003 Kyle Shewfelt
7th parallel bars 1992 Curtis Hibbert
2nd high bar 1987 Curtis Hibbert
1999 Alexander Jeltkov
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2019
CHILE
38th team 2014
15th all-around 2010 Tomas Gonzalez
5th floor exercise 2017 Tomas Gonzalez
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2019
CHINA
1st team 1983, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018
1st all-around 1995 Li Xiaoshuang
2001 Feng Jing
2006, 2007 Yang Wei
2017 Xiao Ruoteng
1st floor exercise 1981 Li Yuejiu
1983, 1985 Tong Fei
1987 Lou Yun
1st pommel horse 1981 Li Xiaoping
1992 Li Jing
2003 Teng Haibin
2006, 2007 Xiao Qin
2009 Zhang Hongtao
2018 Xiao Ruoteng
1st still rings 1985 Li Ning
1999 Dong Zhen
2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 Chen Yibing
2009 Yan Mingyong
2014 Liu Yang
1st vault 1987 Lou Yun
1999, 2002, 2003 Li Xiaopeng
1st parallel bars 1983 Lou Yun
1989, 1991, 1992 Li Jing
1994 Huang Liping
1997 Zhang Jinjing
2002, 2003 Li Xiaopeng
2006 Yang Wei
2009 Weng Guanyin
2010 Feng Zhe
2013 Lin Chaopan
2015 You Hao
2017, 2018 Zou Jingyuan
1st high bar 1985 Tong Fei
1989 Li Chunyang
2009, 2011 Zou Kai
2010 Zhang Chenglong
First appearance: 1958
Most recent: 2019
CHINESE TAIPEI
6th team 2019
11th all-around 2019 Tang Chia-Hung
2nd pommel horse 2019 Lee Chih-Kai
8th still rings 2010 Chen Chih-Yu
2nd vault 1993 Chang Feng-Chih
5th high bar 2018 Tang Chia-Hung
First appearance: 1987
Most recent: 2019
COLOMBIA
17th team 2014
10th all-around 2014 Jossimar Calvo
6th parallel bars 2018 Jossimar Calvo
5th high bar 2013 Jossimar Calvo
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2019
COSTA RICA
57th all-around 2013 Tarik Soto
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2019
CROATIA
24th team 1997
22nd all-around 2007 Filip Ude
2nd pommel horse 2014 Filip Ude
7th still rings 1997 Alexei Demjanov
1st high bar 2017 Tin Srbic
First appearance: 1994
Most recent: 2019
CUBA
7th team 1985
2nd all-around 2015 Manrique Larduet
6th floor exercise 1983 Casimiro Suarez
5th still rings 1996 Damian Merino
3rd vault 2001 Charlie Tamayo
2nd parallel bars 2001 Eric Lopez
3rd high bar 2015 Manrique Larduet
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2019
CYPRUS
30th team 2018
10th all-around 2018 Marios Georgiou
8th still rings 2001 Irodotos Georgallas
First appearance: 1995
Most recent: 2019
CZECH REPUBLIC
18th team 1994
26th all-around 1994 Miroslav Smetana
First appearance: 1994
Most recent: 2019
CZECHOSLOVAKIA
1st team 1907, 1911, 1913, 1922, 1926, 1930, 1938
1st all-around 1907 Josef Cada
1911 Ferdinand Steiner
1922 Frantisek Pechacek
1938 Jan Gajdos
1st floor exercise 1938 Jan Gajdos
1st pommel horse 1907 Frantisek Erben
1922 Miroslav Klinger
1926 Jan Karafiat
1st still rings 1911 Ferdinand Steiner
1922 Joseph Maly
1922 Miroslav Karasek
1930 Emanuel Löffler
1934, 1938 Alois Hudec
1st vault 1954 Leo Sotornik
1962 Premysil Krbec
1st parallel bars 1926 Ladislav Vacha
1st high bar 1907 Frantisek Erben
1911, 1913 Josef Cada
1922 Miroslav Klinger
First appearance: 1907
Most recent: 1993

The nation of Czechoslovakia was first known as Bohemia, and it competed at world championships as Bohemia through 1913 before being reconfigured as Czechoslovakia following World War I. After 1993, Czechoslovakia broke up into the two separate nations of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

DENMARK
16th team 1954
28th all-around 1950 Parly Jensen
7th vault 2001 Tue Lodahl
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2019
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
66th all-around 2019 Audrys Nin Reyes
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
EAST GERMANY
2nd team 1989
3rd all-around 1985 Sylvio Kroll
1st floor exercise 1979 Roland Brückner
1st pommel horse 1981 Michael Nikolay
2nd still rings 1989 Andreas Wecker
1st vault 1981 Ralf Peter Hemmann
1987 Sylvio Kroll
1989 Jörg Behrend
1st parallel bars 1985 Sylvio Kroll
2nd high bar 1974 Wolfgang Thüne
1985 Sylvio Kroll
First appearance: 1958
Most recent: 1989
ECUADOR
106th all-around 2018 Israel Chiriboga
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
EGYPT
6th team 1950
36th all-around 1950 Ali Zaki
4th still rings 1950 Ali Zaki
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2019
EL SALVADOR
45th all-around 2005 Oscar Canas
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2019
FINLAND
2nd team 1950
3rd all-around 1950 Olavi Rove
4th floor exercise 1950 Kaino Lempinen
1950 Olavi Rove
4th pommel horse 1950 Veikki Huhtanen
2nd still rings 1950 Olavi Rove
2nd vault 1950 Olavi Rove
2nd parallel bars 1950 Olavi Rove
1st high bar 1950 Paavo Aaltonen
1997 Jani Tanskanen
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2019
FRANCE
1st team 1903, 1905, 1909
1st all-around 1903 Josef Martinez
1905 Marcel Lalue
1909, 1913 Marco Torres
2nd floor exercise 1997 Dimitri Karbananko
1st pommel horse 1903, 1905 Georges Dejagere
1903 Joseph Lux
1st still rings 1903 Josef Martinez
1909, 1913 Marco Torres
1913 Laurent Grech
1st vault 2010 Thomas Bouhail
1st parallel bars 1903, 1905, 1909 Josef Martinez
1905 Marcel Lalue
1907 Joseph Lux
1st high bar 1903, 1909 Josef Martinez
1905 Marcel Lalue
1907 Georges Charmoilles
1913 Marco Torres
First appearance: 1903
Most recent: 2019
GEORGIA
41st team 2018
27th all-around 1999 Ilia Giorgadze
6th parallel bars 2002 Ilia Giorgadze
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
GERMANY
3rd team 1934, 1991, 2007, 2010
2nd all-around 2007 Fabian Hambüchen
2010, 2011 Philipp Boy
3rd floor exercise 1934 Kurt Krötzsch
1992 Maik Krahberg
1st pommel horse 1997 Valery Belenky
2nd still rings 1991, 1993 Andreas Wecker
2nd vault 1954 Helmut Bantz
3rd parallel bars 1954 Helmut Bantz
1st high bar 1934 Ernst Winter
1991 Ralf Büchner
1995 Andreas Wecker
2007 Fabian Hambüchen
First appearance: 1934
Most recent: 2019

During the Cold War, Germany split into East Germany and West Germany and competed at world championships as these two separate nations from 1958 through 1989 before reuniting in 1991.

GREAT BRITAIN
2nd team 2015
2nd all-around 2009 Daniel Keatings
2014 Max Whitlock
2nd floor exercise 1993, 1994 Neil Thomas
2015 Max Whitlock
1st pommel horse 2015, 2017, 2019 Max Whitlock
6th still rings 2014 Courtney Tulloch
3rd vault 2013 Kristian Thomas
1st parallel bars 2019 Joe Fraser
4th high bar 2014 Nile Wilson
First appearance: 1950
Most recent: 2019
GREECE
17th team 1999, 2006
19th all-around 2006 Christos Lympanovnos
1st floor exercise 2010 Eleftherios Kosmidis
1st still rings 2003 Dimosthenis Tampakos
2015, 2017, 2018 Eleftherios Petrounias
7th vault 1999 Ioannis Melissanidis
2nd parallel bars 2011 Vasilios Tsolakidis
1st high bar 2001, 2002 Vlasios Maras
First appearance: 1991
Most recent: 2019
GUATEMALA
65th all-around 2013 Mynor Juarez
5th vault 2017 Jorge Vega Lopez
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2019
HONG KONG
46th team 2014
36th all-around 2015 Shek Wai Hung
6th vault 2014, 2018 Shek Wai Hung
First appearance: 1996
Most recent: 2019
HUNGARY
4th team 1974
5th all-around 1983 György Guczoghy
1987 Zsolt Borkai
3rd floor exercise 2005 Robert Gal
1st pommel horse 1974, 1978, 1979 Zoltan Magyar
1987 Zsolt Borkai
2010, 2011, 2014 Krisztian Berki
1st still rings 2002 Szilveszter Csollany
4th vault 2003 Robert Gal
4th parallel bars 1992 Zoltan Supola
1st high bar 1930 Istvan Pelle
First appearance: 1930
Most recent: 2019
ICELAND
41st team 2006
32nd all-around 2003 Runar Alexandersson
8th parallel bars 2002 Runar Alexandersson
First appearance: 1996
Most recent: 2019
INDIA
37th team 2001
41st all-around 2017 Yogeshwar Singh
First appearance: 1970
Most recent: 2019
INDONESIA
57th all-around 1994 Jonathan Mangiring Sianturi
First appearance: 1994
Most recent: 2019
IRAN
38th team 2010
53rd all-around 2013 Saeedreza Keikha
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2019
IRAQ
First appearance: 2018
Most recent: 2018

Iraq sent individual specialists to compete at 2018 world championships, but did not make any apparatus finals and is unranked in the all-around and as a team.

IRELAND
24th team 1995
29th all-around 2013 Andrew Smith
3rd pommel horse 2019 Rhys McClenaghan
First appearance: 1995
Most recent: 2019
ISRAEL
22nd team 1979, 1989, 1991
10th all-around 2010 Alexander Shatilov
2nd floor exercise 2017, 2019 Artem Dolgopyat
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2019
ITALY
3rd team 1909, 1911, 1913
2nd all-around 1934 Romeo Neri
3rd floor exercise 1962, 1966 Franco Menichelli
1st pommel horse 1911 Osvaldo Palazzi
1913 Giorgio Zampori
1st still rings 1909 Giorgio Romano
1913 Giorgio Zampori
1913 Guido Bono
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 Yuri Chechi
2nd vault 1996 Andrea Massucchi
1st parallel bars 1911, 1913 Giorgio Zampori
1913 Guido Boni
2nd high bar 2003 Igor Cassina
First appearance: 1909
Most recent: 2019
JAMAICA
43rd team 2018
26th all-around 2017 Reiss Beckford
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2019
JAPAN
1st team 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 2015
1st all-around 1970 Eizo Kenmotsu
1974 Shigeru Kasamatsu
2005 Hiroyuki Tomita
2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 Kohei Uchimura
1st floor exercise 1954, 1958 Masao Takemoto
1962 Nobuyuki Aihara
1966, 1970 Akinori Nakayama
1974 Shigeru Kasamatsu
2011 Kohei Uchimura
2013, 2015, 2017 Kenzo Shirai
1st pommel horse 2003 Takehiro Kashima
2013 Kohei Kameyama
1st still rings 1970 Akinori Nakayama
1983 Koji Gushiken
1st vault 1966 Haruhiro Matsuda
1970 Mitsuo Tsukahara
1974 Shigeru Kasamatsu
1978 Junichi Shimizu
2017 Kenzo Shirai
1st parallel bars 1970 Akinori Nakayama
1974, 1978 Eizo Kenmotsu
1981 Koji Gushiken
2013 Kohei Uchimura
1st high bar 1962 Takashi Ono
1966 Akinori Nakayama
1970 Eizo Kenmotsu
1978 Shigeru Kasamatsu
2003 Takehiro Kashima
2015 Kohei Uchimura
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2019
JORDAN
42nd all-around 2017 Adham Al Sqour
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2019
KAZAKHSTAN
16th team 2018, 2019
4th all-around 2003 Yernar Yerimbetov
4th floor exercise 1996 Sergei Fedorchenko
4th pommel horse 1993 Valeri Liukin
4th still rings 1993 Valeri Liukin
1st vault 1997 Sergei Fedorchenko
7th parallel bars 2010 Ildar Valeiev
6th high bar 1996, 1997 Sergei Fedorchenko
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
KUWAIT
45th team 2019
77th all-around 2009 Mohammad Omran Ali
First appearance: 1970
Most recent: 2019
LATVIA
10th team 2001
13th all-around 2001 Jevgenijs Sapronenko
3rd floor exercise 2001 Igors Vihrovs
2nd vault 1999, 2001 Jevgenijs Sapronenko
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2019
LITHUANIA
46th team 2018
17th all-around 2017 Robert Tvorogal
9th parallel bars 1992 Sergejus Rumbutis
First appearance: 1992
Most recent: 2019
LUXEMBOURG
3rd team 1903
5th all-around 1950 Joseph Stoffel
3rd still rings 1934 Mathias Logelin
1st parallel bars 1903 Francois Hentges
First appearance: 1903
Most recent: 2014
MALAYSIA
31st team 2003
22nd all-around 2005 Ng Shu Wai
8th floor exercise 2003 Ng Shu Wai
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2019
MEXICO
20th team 1991
23rd all-around 2017 Kevin Cerda
2nd pommel horse 2013 Daniel Corral
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2019
MONACO
133rd all-around 2014 Kevin Crovetto
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2019
MONGOLIA
102nd all-around 1966 Niamdavaa Zagdabazar
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2019
MOROCCO
100th all-around 1993 Eddyanne Abdelwahed
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2019
NAMIBIA
125th all-around 2003 Jacob Mostert
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2011
NETHERLANDS
2nd team 1905
11th all-around 2005 Epke Zonderland
2009 Jeffrey Wammes
4th floor exercise 2017 Bram Verhofstad
1st pommel horse 1903 Hendricus Thijsen
1st still rings 2005 Yuri van Gelder
8th vault 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011 Jeffrey Wammes
5th parallel bars 2013 Epke Zonderland
1st high bar 2013, 2014, 2018 Epke Zonderland
First appearance: 1903
Most recent: 2019
NEW ZEALAND
20th team 1966
25th all-around 2005 Mark Holyoake
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2019
NIGERIA
First appearance: 2019
Most recent: 2019

Nigeria sent individual specialists to compete at 2019 world championships, but did not make any apparatus finals and is unranked in the all-around and as a team.

NORTH KOREA
11th team 1981
16th all-around 1981 Li Chol Hon
1st pommel horse 1992, 1993, 1996 Pae Gil Su
6th still rings 1992 Sin Myong Su
1st vault 2014, 2015, 2018 Ri Se Gwang
7th parallel bars 1996 Pae Gil Su
First appearance: 1981
Most recent: 2019
NORWAY
14th team 1966
20th all-around 1966 Age Storhaug
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2019
PERU
145th all-around 2015 Daniel Agüero
First appearance: 2011
Most recent: 2019
PHILIPPINES
10th all-around 2019 Carlos Edriel Yulo
1st floor exercise 2019 Carlos Edriel Yulo
First appearance: 2003
Most recent: 2019
POLAND
5th team 1958, 1966, 1970
8th all-around 1974 Andrzej Szajna
6th pommel horse 1970 Wilhelm Kubica
3rd still rings 1974 Andrzej Szajna
1st vault 2007 Leszek Blanik
6th parallel bars 2010 Adam Kierzkowski
3rd high bar 1974 Andrzej Szajna
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2019
PORTUGAL
20th team 2011
15th all-around 2009 Manuel Campos
First appearance: 1966
Most recent: 2019
PUERTO RICO
12th team 2010
12th all-around 2005 Luis Rivera
3rd vault 1992 Victor Colon
First appearance: 1989
Most recent: 2019
QATAR
59th all-around 2017 Ahmed Mosa
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2019
ROMANIA
3rd team 1995
4th all-around 2001 Dan Potra
1st floor exercise 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009 Marian Dragulescu
1st pommel horse 1994, 2001, 2002 Marius Urzica
1st still rings 1974 Dan Grecu
1st vault 2001, 2005, 2006, 2009 Marian Dragulescu
5th parallel bars 1989 Marian Rizan
2nd high bar 1993 Marius Gherman
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2019
RUSSIA
1st team 2019
1st all-around 1999 Nikolai Kryukov
2018 Artur Dalaloyan
2019 Nikita Nagornyy
1st floor exercise 1997, 1999 Alexei Nemov
2014 Denis Abliazin
2018 Artur Dalaloyan
1st pommel horse 1999 Alexei Nemov
2nd still rings 2005 Alexander Safoshkin
2013 Aleksandr Balandin
2017 Denis Abliazin
1st vault 1995, 1996 Alexei Nemov
2019 Nikita Nagornyy
2nd parallel bars 1996, 2003 Alexei Nemov
1999 Alexei Bondarenko
1st high bar 1993 Sergei Kharkov
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
SAAR
125th all-around 1954 Walter Muller
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 1954
SAUDI ARABIA
184th all-around 1997 Zaki Al Mbyryak
First appearance: 1997
Most recent: 2011
SERBIA
39th team 2018
69th all-around 2009 Milos Paunovic
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2019
SINGAPORE
44th team 2014
59th all-around 2013 Gabriel Gan Zi Jie
First appearance: 2013
Most recent: 2018
SLOVAKIA
20th team 2001
53rd all-around 2010 Samuel Piasecky
8th parallel bars 2010 Samuel Piasecky
First appearance: 1994
Most recent: 2019
SLOVENIA
25th team 2001
29th all-around 1997 Mitja Petkovsek
4th pommel horse 2014 Saso Bertoncelj
1st parallel bars 2005, 2007 Mitja Petkovsek
1st high bar 2005 Aljaz Pegan
First appearance: 1992
Most recent: 2019
SOUTH AFRICA
15th team 1958
47th all-around 2005 Cristian Brezeanu
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2015
SOUTH KOREA
5th team 1999, 2007
5th all-around 2007 Kim Dae-eun
5th floor exercise 2014 Kim Han-sol
8th pommel horse 1999 Lee Joo-hyung
5th still rings 2010 Yoo Won-chul
1st vault 1991, 1992 Yoo Ok-ryul
2011, 2013 Yang Hak-seon
1st parallel bars 1999 Lee Joo-hyung
2007 Kim Dae-eun
7th high bar 1999 Lee Joo-hyung
2006 Kim Seung-il
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2019
SOVIET UNION
1st team 1954, 1958, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991
1st all-around 1954 Viktor Chukarin
1954 Valentin Muratov
1958 Boris Shakhlin
1962 Yuri Titov
1966 Mikhail Voronin
1978 Nikolai Andrianov
1979 Alexander Dityatin
1981, 1985 Yuri Korolev
1983, 1987 Dmitry Bilozerchev
1989, 1992 Igor Korobchinsky
1991 Grigory MIsutin
1st floor exercise 1954 Valentin Muratov
1981 Yuri Korolev
1989, 1991 Igor Korobchinsky
1st pommel horse 1954 Hrant Shahinyan
1958 Boris Shakhlin
1983, 1987 Dmitry Bilozerchev
1985, 1989 Valentin Mogilny
1991 Valery Belenky
1992 Vitaly Scherbo
1st still rings 1954, 1958 Albert Azarian
1962 Yuri Titov
1966 Mikhail Voronin
1974, 1978 Nikolai Andrianov
1979, 1981 Alexander Dityatin
1983 Dmitry Bilozerchev
1985, 1987 Yuri Korolev
1991 Grigory Misutin
1992 Vitaly Scherbo
1st vault 1958 Yuri Titov
1979 Alexander Dityatin
1983 Artur Akopian
1985 Yuri Korolev
1st parallel bars 1954 Viktor Chukarin
1958 Boris Shakhlin
1966 Sergei Diomidov
1981 Alexander Dityatin
1983, 1987, 1989 Vladimir Artemov
1985 Valentin Mogilny
1992 Alexei Voropaev
1st high bar 1954 Valentin Muratov
1958 Boris Shakhlin
1981 Alexander Tkachev
1983, 1987 Dmitry Bilozerchev
1992 Grigory Misutin
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 1992
SPAIN
6th team 2007
4th all-around 2005 Rafael Martinez
2nd floor exercise 1999, 2007 Gervasio Deferr
6th still rings 1999 Jesus Carballo
2010 Ivan San Miguel
6th vault 2009 Isaac Botella
5th parallel bars 2005 Manuel Carballo
1st high bar 1996, 1999 Jesus Carballo
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2019
SRI LANKA
38th team 2001
173rd all-around 2001 Smeera Kanayake
First appearance: 2001
Most recent: 2003
SWEDEN
12th team 1966
17th all-around 1985, 1987 Johan Jonasson
3rd floor exercise 1954 William Thoresson
4th high bar 1992 Johan Jonasson
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2019
SWITZERLAND
1st team 1934, 1950
1st all-around 1934 Eugen Mack
1950 Walter Lehmann
1st floor exercise 1934 Georges Miez
1950 Josef Stalder
1950 Ernst Gebendinger
1st pommel horse 1934 Eugen Mack
1938 Michael Reusch
1950 Josef Stalder
1995 Li Donghua
1st still rings 1950 Walter Lehmann
1st vault 1934, 1938 Eugen Mack
1950 Ernst Gebendinger
1st parallel bars 1934 Eugen Mack
1938 Michael Reusch
1950 Hans Eugster
1st high bar 1938 Michael Reusch
First appearance: 1934
Most recent: 2019
SYRIA
108th all-around 1958 Salah Cheikaib
First appearance: 1958
Most recent: 2019
THAILAND
27th team 1997
42nd all-around 2013 Robert Tree Kriangkum
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
55th all-around 2017 Joseph Fox
First appearance: 2017
Most recent: 2019
TUNISIA
75th all-around 2007 Wajdi Bouallegue
First appearance: 2001
Most recent: 2019
TURKEY
15th team 2018, 2019
9th all-around 2017 Ahmet Önder
9th floor exercise 2018 Ahmet Önder
1st still rings 2019 Ibrahim Colak
7th vault 1994 Canbas Murat
2nd parallel bars 2019 Ahmet Önder
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 2019
UKRAINE
3rd team 1994, 2001
3rd all-around 2019 Oleg Verniaiev
1st floor exercise 1993 Grigory Misutin
3rd pommel horse 1994 Vitali Marinich
2001 Oleksandr Beresch
3rd still rings 2009 Oleksandr Vorobiov
1st vault 1995 Grigory Misutin
1st parallel bars 1996 Rustam Sharipov
2014 Oleg Verniaiev
2nd high bar 2001 Oleksandr Beresch
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC
17th team 1962
92nd all-around 1962 Hussein Ahmed
First appearance: 1962
Most recent: 1962
UNITED STATES
2nd team 2001, 2003
1st all-around 2003 Paul Hamm
1st floor exercise 1978, 1979 Kurt Thomas
2003 Paul Hamm
2nd pommel horse 1979 Kurt Thomas
2nd still rings 1994 Paul O’Neill
2nd vault 2013 Steven Legendre
1st parallel bars 1979 Bart Conner
2001 Sean Townsend
2011 Danell Leyva
1st high bar 1979 Kurt Thomas
First appearance: 1954
Most recent: 2019
URUGUAY
144th all-around 2019 Victor Rostagno
First appearance: 2015
Most recent: 2019
UZBEKISTAN
22nd team 2011
14th all-around 2005, 2010, 2011 Anton Fokin
3rd parallel bars 2007 Anton Fokin
First appearance: 1993
Most recent: 2019
VENEZUELA
22nd team 1978
10th all-around 2007 Jose Fuentes
5th still rings 2007 Regulo Carmona
First appearance: 1978
Most recent: 2019
VIETNAM
27th team 2018
59th all-around 2019 Le Thanh Tung
6th vault 2019 Le Thanh Tung
7th parallel bars 2009 Pham Phuoc Hung
First appearance: 2007
Most recent: 2019
WEST GERMANY
5th team 1974, 1978
4th all-around 1978 Eberhard Gienger
6th floor exercise 1978 Edgar Jorek
2nd pommel horse 1978 Eberhard Gienger
1st still rings 1989 Andreas Aguilar
6th vault 1978 Edgar Jorek
6th parallel bars 1978 Eberhard Gienger
1st high bar 1974 Eberhard Gienger
First appearance: 1958
Most recent: 1989
YEMEN
176th all-around 2007 Nashwan Haidar Al Harazi
First appearance: 2006
Most recent: 2010
YUGOSLAVIA
2nd team 1922, 1926
1st all-around 1922, 1926 Peter Sumi
1930 Josip Primozic
1st floor exercise 1930 Josip Primozic
1st pommel horse 1930 Josip Primozic
1962, 1966, 1970 Miroslav Cerar
1st still rings 1922, 1926 Leon Stukelj
1922 Peter Sumi
1st parallel bars 1922 Leon Stukelj
1930 Josip Primozic
1962 Miroslav Cerar
1st high bar 1922, 1926 Leon Stukelj
1922 Peter Sumi
First appearance: 1909
Most recent: 1999

Austria-Hungary competed at world championships in 1909 and 1911. Following World War I, the Baltic territories formerly part of the empire became known as Yugoslavia, and the FIG recognizes any medals earned by the Austro-Hungarian Empire as belonging to Yugoslavia. The new nation existed as such until it dissolved into multiple independent nations in 1992, though Serbia and Montenegro continued competing as the joint Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until they too became independent in 2002.

3 thoughts on “The Best Men’s World Finishes of All Time

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  2. Just wanted to say thank you for doing all this work – I always feel sorry for you when the MAG posts get far less attention than the WAG posts but this must have taken you so long!

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    • Thank you! Yes, this took me weeks! I like doing it for myself because it’s great to be at worlds and be able to spout off facts like “this is the first all-around medal for Germany since XXXX” easily, so since I’m doing it for myself, it’s obviously still worth it to share with others even if not that many people read it!

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