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Gymnastics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Horizontal Bar

Gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 7, 2012

Gold: NED Epke Zonderland
Silver: GER Fabian Hambüchen
Bronze: CHN Zou Kai

Summary

Going into the men’s horizontal bar event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Zou Kai of China already had five Olympic gold medals: three from 2008 in the team, floor exercise, and horizontal bar competitions and two from 2012 in the team and floor exercise categories. He was also the 2009 and 2011 World Champion in the horizontal bar, but would not go unchallenged in his quest for a sixth Olympic gold medal. His compatriot Zhang Chenglong, World Champion in 2010, was also competing, as was Emin Garibov of Russia, the reigning European Champion, and Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands, the 2011 European Champion and world runner-up in 2009 and 2010. Zonderland had also appeared in the finals of the 2008 Olympics, the first Dutch man to appear at the Games since 1928.

In the qualification round, Zonderland came out on top, with Zhang close behind and Danell Leyva of the United States, the 2011 World Champion in parallel bars and the bronze medalist in the London Olympic individual all-around, in third. Garbov and Zou finished further down, in sixth and seventh respectively, but still survived to the finals. In the finals Zou went fourth with the highest difficulty routine of the event, 7.900. His excellent performance of 16.366 set the bar, knocking his teammate Zhang, with a score of 16.266, into second. Fabian Hambüchen of Germany, 2007 World Champion, three time European Champion (2005, 2007, 2008), and bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games, managed to pass Zou’s point total with a less difficult routine, but a much better execution score, the highest of the night. He did not stay long on the top of the podium, however, as Zonderland went next with an outstanding performance that ranked as difficult as Zou’s, but with better execution. Zonderland’s routine included three successive difficult flight elements, Cassica-Kovacs-Kolman, and he became the first person to successfully perform them, having attempted (and failed) at the 2012 European Championships. The final two gymnasts had no answer for this and Zonderland became the Netherlands’ first Olympic champion in gymnastics since the women’s all-around team in 1928, the only other time the nation had medalled in the sport. Hambüchen took home silver and Zou, after being crowned Olympic champion five times, settled for bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Epke Zonderland 26 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Fabian Hambüchen 24 Germany GER Silver
3 Zou Kai 24 China CHN Bronze
4 Zhang Chenglong 23 China CHN
5 Danell Leyva 20 United States USA
6 Jonathan Horton 26 United States USA
7 Emin Garibov 21 Russia RUS
8 Kim Ji-Hun 27 South Korea KOR
9 r1/2 Kristian Thomas 23 Great Britain GBR
10 r1/2 John Orozco 19 United States USA
11 r1/2 Sam Oldham 19 Great Britain GBR
12 r1/2 Aleksandr Shatilov 25 Israel ISR
13 r1/2 Fabián González 20 Spain ESP
14 r1/2 Feng Zhe 24 China CHN
15 r1/2 Marcel Nguyen 24 Germany GER
16 r1/2 Kohei Uchimura 23 Japan JPN
17 r1/2 Gaël da Silva 27 France FRA
18 r1/2 Guo Weiyang 24 China CHN
19 r1/2 David Belyavsky 20 Russia RUS
20 r1/2 Hamilton Sabot 25 France FRA
21 r1/2 Vitaliy Nakonechniy 25 Ukraine UKR
22 r1/2 Claudio Capelli 25 Switzerland SUI
23 r1/2 Daniel Purvis 21 Great Britain GBR
24 r1/2 Roman Kulesza 29 Poland POL
25 r1/2 Mykola Kuksenkov 23 Ukraine UKR
26 r1/2 Sebastian Krimmer 22 Germany GER
27 r1/2 Javier Gómez 25 Spain ESP
28 r1/2 Sérgio Sasaki 20 Brazil BRA
29 r1/2 Enrico Pozzo 31 Italy ITA
30 r1/2 Kazuhito Tanaka 27 Japan JPN
31 r1/2 Yann Cucherat 32 France FRA
32 r1/2 Koji Yamamuro 23 Japan JPN
33 r1/2 Jimmy Verbaeys 18 Belgium BEL
34 r1/2 Rubén López 21 Spain ESP
35 r1/2 Vlasis Maras 29 Greece GRE
36 r1/2 Yusuke Tanaka 22 Japan JPN
37 r1/2 Cyril Tommasone 25 France FRA
38 r1/2 Martin Konečný 27 Czech Republic CZE
39 r1/2 Paolo Ottavi 26 Italy ITA
40 r1/2 Ovidiu Buidoso 25 Romania ROU
41 r1/2 Oleh Verniaiev 18 Ukraine UKR
42 r1/2 Dmitrijs Trefilovs 25 Latvia LAT
43 r1/2 Sam Mikulak 19 United States USA
44 r1/2 Igor Pakhomenko 20 Russia RUS
45 r1/2 Kim Su-Myeon 25 South Korea KOR
46 r1/2 Nathan Gafuik 27 Canada CAN
47 r1/2 Philipp Boy 25 Germany GER
48 r1/2 Joshua Jefferis 26 Australia AUS
49 r1/2 Denis Ablyazin 19 Russia RUS
50 r1/2 Quazi Syque Caesar 21 Bangladesh BAN
51 r1/2 Marius Daniel Berbecar 27 Romania ROU
52 r1/2 Mohamed El-Saharty 21 Egypt EGY
53 r1/2 Stepan Gorbachov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
54 r1/2 Fabian Leimlehner 24 Austria AUT
55 r1/2 Shek Wai Hung 20 Hong Kong HKG
56 r1/2 Felix Aronovich 24 Israel ISR
57 r1/2 Jorge Hugo Giraldo 32 Colombia COL
58 r1/2 Vlad Bogdan Cotuna 21 Romania ROU
59 r1/2 Oleh Stepko 18 Ukraine UKR
60 r1/2 Artur Davtyan 19 Armenia ARM
61 r1/2 Sergio Muñoz 22 Spain ESP
62 r1/2 Kim Seung-Il 27 South Korea KOR
63 r1/2 Manuel Campos 31 Portugal POR
64 r1/2 Louis Smith 23 Great Britain GBR
65 r1/2 Samuel Piasecký 27 Slovakia SVK
66 r1/2 Flavius Koczi 24 Romania ROU
67 r1/2 Alberto Busnari 33 Italy ITA
68 r1/2 Yang Hak-Seon 19 South Korea KOR
69 r1/2 Şakir Şıxəliyev 21 Azerbaijan AZE
70 r1/2 Matteo Morandi 30 Italy ITA