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Gymnastics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Horse Vault

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): National Indoor Stadium, , Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 18, 2008

Gold: POL Leszek Blanik
Silver: FRA Thomas Bouhail
Bronze: RUS Anton Golotsutskov

Summary

The format was the same as it had been from 1984-2004, with eight gymnasts advancing from the team all-around, but no more than two per nation. The favorite was Romania’s Marian Drăgulescu, three-time World Champion, and the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist. He led the qualifying and his first final vault scored 16.800, the highest of the finals. However he fell on his second vault, dropping him off the podium to fourth place. The top two were Poland’s Leszek Blanik and France’s Thomas Bouhail, both averaging 16.537 points, with identical execution and difficulty scores. Blanik won the gold medal based on his first vault of 16.600, which was a higher score than Bouhail’s best vault of 16.575, one of the many arcane tie-breakers in place in 2008.

Blanik was the 2007 World Champion, and silver medalist in 2005. Bouhail had no international placements as of 2008, but vault was his specialty, and he would win the next three major titles, the 2009 and 2011 World Championships and the 2010 Europeans. In December 2011, his career ended when he sustained an open tibia fracture, with knee ligament damage, and in injury to his peroneal nerve (a branch of the sciatic). His leg was at risk for amputation, but it was eventually saved, requiring 15 surgeries in six weeks to do so.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Leszek Blanik 31 Poland POL Gold
2 Thomas Bouhail 22 France FRA Silver
3 Anton Golotsutskov 23 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Marian Drăgulescu 27 Romania ROU
5 Benoît Caranobe 28 France FRA
6 Dmitry Kasperovich 30 Belarus BLR
7 Flavius Koczi 20 Romania ROU
8 Isaac Botella 24 Spain ESP
9 QR Kyle Shewfelt 26 Canada CAN
10 QR Fabian Hambüchen 20 Germany GER
11 QR Vlasis Maras 25 Greece GRE
12 QR Matteo Angioletti 21 Italy ITA
13 QR Luis Rivera 21 Puerto Rico PUR
14 QR Yang Tae-Yeong 28 South Korea KOR
15 QR Daniel Popescu 25 Romania ROU
16 QR Nashwan Al-Harazi 21 Yemen YEM