Photo by Dory Dynn
It happened in 1990 during the European championship when Soviet Svetlana Boguinskaya, her teammate Natalia Kalinina, and Romanian Mirela Pasca scored the same in the uneven bars final hence tying for the first place. All three stood on the same level of the podium and shared the gold medal.

That gold medal was one of the six gold medals, Boguinskaya won at the competition, while it was the only European gold for Kalinina and the only European medal for Pasca in their entire gymnastics career.  Kalinina also received a silver medal in the all around and balance beam final. 

But that didn’t happen just once. Six years later, Svetlana Khorkina of Russia, Lilia Podkopayeva of Ukraine and Simona Amanar of Romania tied for the gold medal ironically on the same event and at the same kind of competition. 

Beside that gold medal, Simone won a gold in vault and team finals, Lilia claimed the floor exercise and all around titles while it was Svetlana’s only gold medal in the competition.

 Except for 1990 and 1996 European championships, three gymnasts tying for gold has never happened in any major competition in the history of women’s gymnastics up until four gymnasts tied for the uneven bars gold at 2015 World championships.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid

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