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Gymnastics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Horse Vault

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Rio Olympic Arena, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 15, 2016

Gold: PRK Ri Se-Gwang
Silver: RUS Denis Ablyazin
Bronze: JPN Kenzo Shirai


The favourite for the vault was North Korea’s [Ri Se-Gwang], who came into the final as the best of the qualifiers, slightly ahead of Russia’s [Denis Ablyazan] who, less than an hour earlier, had won bronze on the rings. Ablyazin won silver in London 2012 while Se-Gwang was the reigning World Vault Champion, having retained the title he first won in 2014. Four men came through the qualifiers each on 15.283 points, including 2015 World Championship runner-up, 35-year-old [Marian Drăgulescu] of Romania, the 2002 World Gymnast of the Year who had an impressive list of eight World and nine European titles to his credit. Also qualified on 15.283 was [Ihor Radivilov], the bronze medalist in London and silver medalist at the 2014 World Championships.

Russia’s [Nikita Nagorny] was the early leader with 15.316, but was soon overtaken by [Kenzo Shirai] of Japan with 15.449, and he was then joined on the same score by the experienced Drăgulescu. Se-Gwang put in two great vaults, firstly a double somersault with half twist, which was followed by his own version of the Tsukahara. He stumbled slightly on landing after both vaults, but each had such a high merit of difficulty the stumbles hardly affected the scoring and his score came out at 15.691 as he went into the lead ahead of Shurai and Drăgulescu. The first three remained the same until the very last vault of the competition by Denis Abliazan whose 15.516 vaulted him into second place behind the North Korean. The bronze medal went to Shirai on the tie-break rule because his highest scoring vault was greater than Drăgulescu’s highest. Ri Se-Gwang became the first North Korean to win an Olympic men’s vault gold medal and only the third athlete from his country to win a gymnastics gold after [Pae Gil-Su] on the horse at Barcelona in 1992 and [Hong Un-Jong] on the women’s horse at Beijing in 2008

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ri Se-Gwang 31 North Korea PRK Gold
2 Denis Ablyazin 24 Russia RUS Silver
3 Kenzo Shirai 19 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Marian Drăgulescu 35 Romania ROU
5T Nikita Nagorny 19 Russia RUS
5T Oleh Verniaiev 22 Ukraine UKR
7 Tomás González 30 Chile CHI
8 Ihor Radivilov 23 Ukraine UKR
9 r1/2 Sérgio Sasaki 24 Brazil BRA
10 r1/2 Jake Dalton 24 United States USA
11 r1/2 Artur Davtyan 23 Armenia ARM
12 r1/2 Benjamin Gischard 20 Switzerland SUI
13 r1/2 Andrei Muntean 23 Romania ROU
14 r1/2 Scott Morgan 27 Canada CAN
15 r1/2 Robert Tvorogal 21 Lithuania LTU
16 r1/2 Misha Koudinov 25 New Zealand NZL
17 r1/2 Kim Han-Sol 20 South Korea KOR