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Gymnastics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Pommelled Horse

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012

Gold: HUN Krisztián Berki
Silver: GBR Louis Smith
Bronze: GBR Max Whitlock

Summary

As the winner of the two most recent World Championships, and the silver medalist in the two before that, Krisztián Berki of Hungary entered the men's pommelled horse event at the 2012 Summer Olympics as the favorite to win gold. His strongest challenger was hometown favorite Louis Smith, 2010 world runner-up and bronze medalist at the 2007 and 2011 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics. Cyril Tommasone of France, silver medalist at the most recent World Championships, was a favored contender for the third podium spot, but would have to deal with a strong overall pool of competitors to earn a medal.

Smith dominated the qualifications by posting the highest scores for both difficulty and execution, and finishing nearly half a point ahead of Tommasone. Vid Hidvégi of Hungary was third while his compatriot Berki finished in fifth, behind Alberto Busnari of Italy who, despite having competed in every Olympic gymnastics tournament since 2000, was participating in his first final. Vitaliy Nakonechniy of Ukraine was sixth and Max Whitlock of Great Britain, the 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medalist, slipped into the finals in eighth place after tying David Belyavsky of Russia and Mykola Kuksenkov of Ukraine on points. The tie-breaker for the final two spots was the best execution score, and Belyavsky and Whitlock were 0.2 and 0.1 points ahead of Kuksenkov respectively. In the finals Berki performed an outstanding routine, moving into first place with a score of 16.066 and eclipsing the competition with 9.166 execution points. Whitlock was fairly distant behind him in second place, with 15.600 points. With only Smith left to go, Great Britain was guaranteed at least one medal, but Smith upped his difficulty and brought the nation two by tying Berki's score. Although the Hungarian was crowned Olympic champion by virtue of his higher execution score, the home nation was thrilled at their success in the event, having won their first silver medal in men's gymnastics since 1908, after Walter Tysall's placement in the individual all-around.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Krisztián Berki 27 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Louis Smith 23 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Max Whitlock 19 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Alberto Busnari 33 Italy ITA
5 Cyril Tommasone 25 France FRA
6 Vitaliy Nakonechniy 25 Ukraine UKR
7 David Belyavsky 20 Russia RUS
8 Vid Hidvégi 25 Hungary HUN
9 r1/2 Mykola Kuksenkov 23 Ukraine UKR
10 r1/2 Danell Leyva 20 United States USA
11 r1/2 Sebastian Krimmer 22 Germany GER
12 r1/2 John Orozco 19 United States USA
13 r1/2 Fabián González 20 Spain ESP
14 r1/2 Chen Yibing 27 China CHN
15 r1/2 Koji Yamamuro 23 Japan JPN
16 r1/2 Oleh Stepko 18 Ukraine UKR
17 r1/2 Rokas Guščinas 21 Lithuania LTU
18 r1/2 Oleh Verniaiev 18 Ukraine UKR
19 r1/2 Igor Pakhomenko 20 Russia RUS
20 r1/2 Sam Mikulak 19 United States USA
21T r1/2 Philipp Boy 25 Germany GER
21T r1/2 Ryohei Kato 18 Japan JPN
23 r1/2 Emin Garibov 21 Russia RUS
24 r1/2 Dmitrijs Trefilovs 25 Latvia LAT
25 r1/2 Kristian Thomas 23 Great Britain GBR
26 r1/2 Claudio Capelli 25 Switzerland SUI
27 r1/2 Aleksandr Shatilov 25 Israel ISR
28 r1/2 Fabian Hambüchen 24 Germany GER
29 r1/2 Sérgio Sasaki 20 Brazil BRA
30 r1/2 Hamilton Sabot 25 France FRA
31 r1/2 Sergio Muñoz 22 Spain ESP
32 r1/2 Filip Ude 26 Croatia CRO
33T r1/2 Marcel Nguyen 24 Germany GER
33T r1/2 Artur Davtyan 19 Armenia ARM
35 r1/2 Javier Gómez 25 Spain ESP
36 r1/2 Ovidiu Buidoso 25 Romania ROU
37 r1/2 Stepan Gorbachov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
38 r1/2 Aleksandr Balandin 23 Russia RUS
39 r1/2 Paolo Ottavi 26 Italy ITA
40 r1/2 Enrico Pozzo 31 Italy ITA
41 r1/2 Pierre-Yves Beny 29 France FRA
42 r1/2 Joshua Jefferis 26 Australia AUS
43 r1/2 Kim Su-Myeon 25 South Korea KOR
44 r1/2 Felix Aronovich 24 Israel ISR
45 r1/2 Daniel Purvis 21 Great Britain GBR
46 r1/2 Flavius Koczi 24 Romania ROU
47 r1/2 Guo Weiyang 24 China CHN
48 r1/2 Zhang Chenglong 23 China CHN
49 r1/2 Kim Ji-Hun 27 South Korea KOR
50 r1/2 Roman Kulesza 29 Poland POL
51T r1/2 Isaac Botella 28 Spain ESP
51T r1/2 Martin Konečný 27 Czech Republic CZE
53 r1/2 Şakir Şıxəliyev 21 Azerbaijan AZE
54 r1/2 Marius Daniel Berbecar 27 Romania ROU
55 r1/2 Cristian Ioan Băţagă 24 Romania ROU
56 r1/2 Jonathan Horton 26 United States USA
57 r1/2 Mohamed El-Saharty 21 Egypt EGY
58 r1/2 Zou Kai 24 China CHN
59 r1/2 Manuel Campos 31 Portugal POR
60 r1/2 Kohei Uchimura 23 Japan JPN
61 r1/2 Daniel Corral 22 Mexico MEX
62 r1/2 Kazuhito Tanaka 27 Japan JPN
63 r1/2 Jorge Hugo Giraldo 32 Colombia COL
64 r1/2 Kim Seung-Il 27 South Korea KOR
65 r1/2 Fabian Leimlehner 24 Austria AUT
66 r1/2 Kim Hui-Hun 20 South Korea KOR
67 r1/2 Jimmy Verbaeys 18 Belgium BEL
68 r1/2 Shek Wai Hung 20 Hong Kong HKG
69 r1/2 Matteo Morandi 30 Italy ITA