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Horse Vault, Men

Date9 – 18 August 2008
LocationGuojia Tiyuguan, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants16 from 13 countries

The format was the same as it had been from 1984-2004, with eight gymnasts advancing from the team all-around, but no more than two per nation. The favorite was Romania’s Marian Drăgulescu, three-time World Champion, and the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist. He led the qualifying and his first final vault scored 16.800, the highest of the finals. However he fell on his second vault, dropping him off the podium to fourth place. The top two were Poland’s Leszek Blanik and France’s Thomas Bouhail, both averaging 16.537 points, with identical execution and difficulty scores. Blanik won the gold medal based on his first vault of 16.600, which was a higher score than Bouhail’s best vault of 16.575, one of the many arcane tie-breakers in place in 2008.

Blanik was the 2007 World Champion, and silver medalist in 2005. Bouhail had no international placements as of 2008, but vault was his specialty, and he would win the next three major titles, the 2009 and 2011 World Championships and the 2010 Europeans. In December 2011, his career ended when he sustained an open tibia fracture, with knee ligament damage, and in injury to his peroneal nerve (a branch of the sciatic). His leg was at risk for amputation, but it was eventually saved, requiring 15 surgeries in six weeks to do so.

1Leszek BlanikPOLGold
2Thomas BouhailFRASilver
3Anton GolotsutskovRUSBronze
4Marian DrăgulescuROU
5Benoît CaranobeFRA
6Dzmitry KaspiarovichBLR
7Flavius KocziROU
8Isaac BotellaESP
9 r1/2Kyle ShewfeltCAN
10 r1/2Fabian HambüchenGER
11 r1/2Vlasis MarasGRE
12 r1/2Matteo AngiolettiITA
13 r1/2Luis RiveraPUR
14 r1/2Yang Tae-YeongKOR
15 r1/2Daniel PopescuROU
16 r1/2Nashwan Al-HaraziYEM

Qualification (9 August 2008 — 12:00-22:05)

Top eight (maximum two per nation) qualified for the final. Mean score of two final jumps determined placement.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPointsJump 1Jump 2
1Marian DrăgulescuROU16,76216,62516,900Q
2Thomas BouhailFRA16,66216,62516,700Q
3Leszek BlanikPOL16,58716,70016,475Q
4Dzmitry KaspiarovichBLR16,58716,50016,675Q
5Flavius KocziROU16,58716,60016,575Q
6Anton GolotsutskovRUS16,57516,55016,600Q
7Benoît CaranobeFRA16,43716,50016,375Q
8Isaac BotellaESP16,07516,05016,100Q
9Kyle ShewfeltCAN16,05016,35015,750
10Fabian HambüchenGER16,03716,30015,775
11Vlasis MarasGRE15,98715,92516,050
12Matteo AngiolettiITA15,88716,50015,275
13Luis RiveraPUR15,71216,22515,200
14Yang Tae-YeongKOR15,52516,00015,050
15Daniel PopescuROU15,26216,40014,125
16Nashwan Al-HaraziYEM15,25015,40015,100

Final (18 August 2008 — 19:93-20:01)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPointsJump 1Jump 2
1Leszek BlanikPOL16,53716,60016,475
2Thomas BouhailFRA16,53716,57516,500
3Anton GolotsutskovRUS16,47516,50016,450
4Marian DrăgulescuROU16,22516,80015,650
5Benoît CaranobeFRA16,06216,27515,850
6Dzmitry KaspiarovichBLR16,05016,30015,800
7Flavius KocziROU15,92515,50016,350
8Isaac BotellaESP15,73716,07515,400