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Men's Horse Vault

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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: KOR Yang Hak-Seon
Silver: RUS Denis Ablyazin
Bronze: UKR Ihor Radivilov


South Korea’s [Yang Hak-Seon], reigning World and Asian Games Champion, was the favorite to win gold in the men’s horse vault at the 2012 Summer Olympics, particularly after his closest rival [Thomas Bouhail] of France, 2008 Olympic silver medalist, 2009 and 2011 European Champion, and 2010 World Champion, suffered an injury to his leg that made his return to gymnastics uncertain. [Flavius Koczi] of Romania, the reigning European Champion and the 2009 world runner-up, was a potential medal favorite, but no one was seen as a true obstacle on the South Korean’s path to the Olympic crown. In the qualification round, however, [Denis Ablyazin] of Russia, bronze medalist in the vault at the most recent European Championships and the floor exercise at the London Games, posted the highest score, with 16.366 to Yang’s 16.333. [Enrique González] of Chile, who had already made history by placing fourth in the floor exercises in his country’s first appearance in Olympic gymnastics, finished a surprising third in the qualifications.

Koczi went first in the final, suffering penalties and finishing with a score of 15.633, which would not have been sufficient to qualify in the earlier round. It was not until halfway through the competition that a true bar was set by [Ihor Radivilov] of Ukraine, the 2012 European runner-up, with a total of 16.316. He was surpassed by Ablyazin, who posted 16.399, while González slid into third place with 16.183. Yang was the final gymnast and he chose the highest-difficult vault of the competition, 7.400, for his opener, but stepped forwards on his landing and received a low execution score of 9.066. His score for the first was still 16.466, however, higher than any other. Now in a good position to win gold, he eased the difficulty of his second vault down to 7.000, but performed it with sterling execution and earned a score of 16.600, more than enough to become South Korea’s first Olympic gymnastics champion.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yang Hak-Seon 19 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Denis Ablyazin 19 Russia RUS Silver
3 Ihor Radivilov 19 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Tomás González 26 Chile CHI
5 Sam Mikulak 19 United States USA
6 Isaac Botella 28 Spain ESP
7 Flavius Koczi 24 Romania ROU
8 Kristian Thomas 23 Great Britain GBR
9 r1/2 Dmitry Kasperovich 34 Belarus BLR
10 r1/2 Matteo Angioletti 31 Italy ITA
11 r1/2 Oleh Verniaiev 18 Ukraine UKR
12 r1/2 Mohamed El-Saharty 21 Egypt EGY
13 r1/2 Shek Wai Hung 20 Hong Kong HKG
14 r1/2 Jake Dalton 20 United States USA
15 r1/2 Artur Davtyan 19 Armenia ARM
16 r1/2 Kim Su-Myeon 25 South Korea KOR
17 r1/2 Koji Yamamuro 23 Japan JPN