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Men's Horse Vault

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 23, 2004

Gold: ESP Gervasio Deferr
Silver: LAT Jevgēņijs Saproņenko
Bronze: ROU Marian Drăgulescu


The format was the same as it had been from 1984-2000, with eight gymnasts advancing from the team all-around, but no more than two per nation. Spain’s defending champion [Gervasio Deferr] qualified for the final, as did [Li Xiaopeng] (CHN), a three-time World Champion. They had to watch as Russian [Aleksey Bondarenko] crashed and fell on both vaults, receiving the remarkably low score of 4.550. Li also fell on his first vault, which ended his medal hopes, and he would place only seventh. Deferr performed two solid vaults and took the lead with 9.737. Romanian [Marian Drăgulescu] opened with his signature move, which bore his name, and scored 9.900, the highest score awarded at an Olympics or World Championships since 1995. On his second vault, however, he overshot his landing, going over the penalty stripe and touched down both hands to the mat. His score for that vault was 9.325, which seemed unusually high given that automatic deductions were required for his faults, and his average score of 9.612 brought him the bronze medal, trailing Deferr and Latvia’s [Jevgēņijs Saproņenko].

Canada’s Kyle Shewfelt was fourth with 9.599, and they immediately protested after Drăgulescu’s second vault, stating that his score could not be that high with automatic deductions. There were five judges with the high and low scores eliminated. The other scores were required to be within 0.2 points of one another if the total was over 9.0. This was not true for Drăgulescu’s second vault, but the Canadian protest was brushed off by FIG Technical Director Adrian Stoica, who was also from Romania. Canada then lodged a protest with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but quickly withdrew it, realizing it had little chance of success.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Gervasio Deferr 23 Spain ESP Gold 9.737
2 Jevgēņijs Saproņenko 25 Latvia LAT Silver 9.706
3 Marian Drăgulescu 23 Romania ROU Bronze 9.612
4 Kyle Shewfelt 22 Canada CAN 9.599
5 Filip Yanev 22 Bulgaria BUL 9.581
6 Róbert Gál 25 Hungary HUN 9.537
7 Li Xiaopeng 23 China CHN 9.368
8 Aleksey Bondarenko 25 Russia RUS 4.550
3T QR Anton Golotsutskov 19 Russia RUS
6 QR Matteo Angioletti 23 Italy ITA
7T QR Yang Tae-Yeong 24 South Korea KOR
7T QR Hiroyuki Tomita 23 Japan JPN
10T QR Ioan Suciu 26 Romania ROU
10T QR Isao Yoneda 26 Japan JPN
13T QR Takehiro Kashima 24 Japan JPN
15 QR Benoît Caranobe 24 France FRA
16T QR Kim Dae-Eun 19 South Korea KOR
16T QR Xing Aowei 22 China CHN
18 QR Paul Hamm 21 United States USA
19T QR Yang Wei 24 China CHN
19T QR Andriy Mykhailychenko 23 Ukraine UKR
22 QR Yernar Yerimbetov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
23T QR Brett McClure 23 United States USA
23T QR Vlasis Maras 21 Greece GRE
23T QR Blaine Wilson 30 United States USA
26T QR Denis Savenkov 20 Belarus BLR
26T QR Răzvan Șelariu 20 Romania ROU
26T QR Vadym Kuvakin 20 Ukraine UKR
26T QR Morgan Hamm 21 United States USA
26T QR Hisashi Mizutori 24 Japan JPN
31 QR Teng Haibin 19 China CHN
32T QR Ruslan Mezentsev 23 Ukraine UKR
32T QR Fabian Hambüchen 16 Germany GER
32T QR Dimitri Karbanenko 31 France FRA
35 QR Sven Kwiatkowski 27 Germany GER
36 QR Guard Young 27 United States USA
37 QR Kim Seung-Il 19 South Korea KOR
38T QR Luis Vargas 21 Puerto Rico PUR
38T QR Igors Vihrovs 26 Latvia LAT
38T QR Naoya Tsukahara 27 Japan JPN
41T QR Rafael Martínez 20 Spain ESP
41T QR Jorge Giraldo 24 Colombia COL
41T QR Ng Shu Wai 19 Malaysia MAS
41T QR Matteo Morandi 22 Italy ITA
41T QR Jo Seong-Min 28 South Korea KOR
46T QR Eric López 31 Cuba CUB
46T QR Georgy Grebenkov 22 Russia RUS
48T QR Pavel Gofman 24 Israel ISR
48T QR Oriol Combarros 24 Spain ESP
48T QR Florent Maree 23 France FRA
51 QR Dan Potra 26 Romania ROU
52 QR Ilia Giorgadze 26 Georgia GEO
53 QR Roman Zozulia 25 Ukraine UKR
54T QR Enrico Pozzo 23 Italy ITA
54T QR Kim Dong-Hwa 28 South Korea KOR
56 QR Mosiah Rodrigues 22 Brazil BRA
57 QR Pierre-Yves Bény 21 France FRA
58T QR Robert Juckel 22 Germany GER
58T QR Xiao Qin 19 China CHN
60 QR Aleksandr Safoshkin 28 Russia RUS
61 QR Johan Mounard 25 France FRA
62T QR Alejandro Barrenechea 28 Spain ESP
62T QR Ri Jong-Song 22 North Korea PRK
64 QR Sergej Pfeifer 27 Germany GER
65 QR Adam Wong 19 Canada CAN
66 QR Grant Golding 23 Canada CAN
67 QR Andreas Schweizer 24 Switzerland SUI
68 QR Víctor Cano 26 Spain ESP
69 QR Wajdi Bouallègue 22 Tunisia TUN
70 QR Abel Driggs 28 Cuba CUB
71 QR Matthias Fahrig 18 Germany GER
72 QR Igor Cassina 26 Italy ITA
73 QR Maksim Devyatovsky 20 Russia RUS
74 QR Yevhen Bohonosiuk 22 Ukraine UKR
75 QR Ken Ikeda 22 Canada CAN
76 QR Filipe Bezugo 23 Portugal POR
77 QR Sasha Jeltkov 26 Canada CAN
78 QR Rúnar Alexandersson 27 Iceland ISL
79 QR Alberto Busnari 25 Italy ITA