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Gymnastics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Parallel Bars

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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: CHN Feng Zhe
Silver: GER Marcel Nguyen
Bronze: FRA Hamilton Sabot


As the reigning World Champion, [Danell Leyva] of the United States was a favorite to win the gold medal in the men’s parallel bars event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. His podium spot was far from assured, however, and his greatest challengers would be China’s [Feng Zhe], 2010 World and Asian Games Champion and 2009 world runner-up, and [Marcel Nguyen] of Germany, winner of the two most recent European Championships. Alongside a host of other strong competitors, it was believed that the podium would be dominated by these three men but, in a surprising twist, Leyva failed to make the final, placing 12th overall and ending up in reserve position. The qualification round was won by the Tanaka brothers of Japan, [Yusuke] and [Kazuhito], while Feng placed third and Nguyen sixth.

The final was unique in that there were nine gymnasts competing: [Zhang Chenglong] of China, the 2010 high bar World Champion, and [Hamilton Sabot] of France, 2010 European bronze medalist in the parallel bars, had tied on difficulty and execution points (and thus, on total score) and were both permitted to advance. By the midway point in the finals, the tournament had already been decided: Feng’s high difficulty, combined with the second best execution score of the round, put him comfortably ahead of the rest of the competition and earned him the gold medal. Ngyuen had a lower difficulty but a higher execution score, placing him below Feng but well above third place to win the silver. Sabot, meanwhile, made the most of his lucky qualification and finished third, 0.066 points ahead of Kazuhito Tanaka, making him the first (and only) French gymnastics medalist of the Games.

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Final Standings

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