| Event type

Parallel Bars, Men

Date28 July – 7 August 2012
LocationNorth Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Participants71 from 33 countries

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.

1102Feng ZheCHN15.633 (3)15.966 (1)Gold
2144Marcel NguyenGER15.525 (6)15.800 (2)Silver
3124Hamilton SabotFRA15.366 (=9)15.566 (3)Bronze
4162Kazuhito TanakaJPN15.725 (2)15.500 (4)
5257Daniel CorralMEX15.433 (8)15.333 (5)
=6194Emin GaribovRUS15.600 (4)15.300 (=6)
=6226Vasilis TsolakidisGRE15.466 (7)15.300 (=6)
8163Yusuke TanakaJPN15.866 (1)15.100 (8)
9104Zhang ChenglongCHN15.366 (=9)13.808 (9)
5 r1/2164Kohei UchimuraJPN15.533 (5)
11 r1/2234Samuel PiaseckýSVK15.358 (11)
12 r1/2213Danell LeyvaUSA15.333 (12)
13 r1/2214Sam MikulakUSA15.316 (13)
14 r1/2193David BelyavskyRUS15.300 (14)
15 r1/2142Fabian HambüchenGER15.300 (15)
16 r1/2182Marius Daniel BerbecarROU15.233 (16)
17 r1/2251Sérgio SasakiBRA15.200 (17)
18 r1/2243Epke ZonderlandNED15.133 (18)
19 r1/2233Phạm Phước HưngVIE15.133 (19)
20 r1/2125Cyril TommasoneFRA15.100 (20)
21 r1/2112Javier GómezESP15.066 (21)
22 r1/2201Mykola KuksenkovUKR15.066 (22)
23 r1/2141Philipp BoyGER14.933 (23)
24 r1/2122Yann CucheratFRA14.900 (24)
25 r1/2184Vlad CotunaROU14.866 (25)
26 r1/2192Aleksandr BalandinRUS14.766 (26)
27 r1/2253Quazi Syque CaesarBAN14.766 (27)
28 r1/2183Ovidiu BuidosoROU14.733 (28)
29 r1/2114Rubén LópezESP14.733 (29)
30 r1/2132Daniel PurvisGBR14.733 (30)
31 r1/2222Aleksandr ShatilovISR14.700 (31)
32 r1/2121Pierre-Yves BényFRA14.700 (32)
33 r1/2174Kim Su-MyeonKOR14.700 (33)
34 r1/2258Roman KuleszaPOL14.700 (34)
35 r1/2131Sam OldhamGBR14.666 (35)
36 r1/2143Sebastian KrimmerGER14.633 (36)
37 r1/2134Kristian ThomasGBR14.625 (37)
38 r1/2245Claudio CapelliSUI14.600 (38)
39 r1/2227Josh JefferisAUS14.566 (39)
40 r1/2205Oleh VerniaievUKR14.566 (40)
41 r1/2215John OrozcoUSA14.533 (41)
42 r1/2254Jimmy VerbaeysBEL14.533 (42)
43 r1/2153Matteo MorandiITA14.500 (43)
44 r1/2154Paolo OttaviITA14.500 (44)
45 r1/2231Manuel CamposPOR14.400 (45)
46 r1/2155Enrico PozzoITA14.366 (46)
47 r1/2238Artur DavtyanARM14.233 (47)
48 r1/2221Felix AronovichISR14.233 (48)
49 r1/2252Fabian LeimlehnerAUT14.200 (49)
50 r1/2165Koji YamamuroJPN14.200 (50)
51 r1/2202Vitaliy NakonechnyiUKR14.133 (51)
52 r1/2173Kim Seung-IlKOR14.033 (52)
53 r1/2103Guo WeiyangCHN13.966 (53)
54 r1/2135Max WhitlockGBR13.900 (54)
55 r1/2115Sergio MuñozESP13.833 (55)
56 r1/2152Alberto BusnariITA13.766 (56)
57 r1/2242Martin KonečnýCZE13.733 (57)
58 r1/2171Kim Hui-HunKOR13.700 (58)
59 r1/2240Şakir ŞıxəliyevAZE13.666 (59)
60 r1/2256Jorge GiraldoCOL13.633 (60)
61 r1/2235Dmitrijs TrefilovsLAT13.533 (61)
62 r1/2185Flavius KocziROU13.500 (62)
63 r1/2230Stepan GorbachovKAZ13.433 (63)
64 r1/2225Vlasis MarasGRE13.400 (64)
65 r1/2237Mohamed El-SahartyEGY13.400 (65)
66 r1/2204Oleh StepkoUKR13.366 (66)
67 r1/2113Fabián GonzálezESP13.333 (67)
68 r1/2212Jonathan HortonUSA13.133 (68)
69 r1/2101Chen YibingCHN12.900 (69)
70 r1/2175Yang Hak-SeonKOR11.966 (70)
71 r1/2191Denis AblyazinRUS0.000 (71)

Qualification (28 July 2012 — 11:00)

Top twenty-four (maximum two per nation) qualified for the final.

Difficulty Judge 1Mircea ApolzanROU
Difficulty Judge 2Butch ZunichUSA
Execution Judge 1Rafael BricknerISR
Execution Judge 2Dmitry AndreyevRUS
Execution Judge 3Lee Ho-SikKOR
Execution Judge 4Enrique ToroECU
Execution Judge 5Dejan DejanovićSRB
Execution Reference Judge 1Joseph BernardLUX
Execution Reference Judge 2Bjørn TomassonISL
Time JudgeSimon MooreGBR
PosGymnastNOCPointsD ScoreE Score
1Yusuke TanakaJPN15.8666.4009.
2Kazuhito TanakaJPN15.7256.7008.
3Feng ZheCHN15.6337.0009.
4Emin GaribovRUS15.6006.5009.
5Kohei UchimuraJPN15.5336.5009.
6Marcel NguyenGER15.5256.8008.
7Vasilis TsolakidisGRE15.4666.5009.
8Daniel CorralMEX15.4336.6008.
=9Zhang ChenglongCHN15.3666.5008.
=9Hamilton SabotFRA15.3666.5009.
11Samuel PiaseckýSVK15.3586.4008.
12Danell LeyvaUSA15.3336.6008.
13Sam MikulakUSA15.3166.2009.
14David BelyavskyRUS15.3006.4008.
15Fabian HambüchenGER15.3006.5008.
16Marius Daniel BerbecarROU15.2336.6008.
17Sérgio SasakiBRA15.2006.2009.
18Epke ZonderlandNED15.1336.4009.
19Phạm Phước HưngVIE15.1336.8008.
20Cyril TommasoneFRA15.1006.2008.
21Javier GómezESP15.0666.0009.
22Mykola KuksenkovUKR15.0666.5008.
23Philipp BoyGER14.9336.2008.
24Yann CucheratFRA14.9006.2008.
25Vlad CotunaROU14.8666.5008.
26Aleksandr BalandinRUS14.7666.1008.
27Quazi Syque CaesarBAN14.7666.2008.
28Ovidiu BuidosoROU14.7336.0008.
29Rubén LópezESP14.7336.1008.
30Daniel PurvisGBR14.7336.4008.
31Aleksandr ShatilovISR14.7005.7009.
32Pierre-Yves BényFRA14.7006.0008.
33Kim Su-MyeonKOR14.7006.1008.
34Roman KuleszaPOL14.7006.2008.
35Sam OldhamGBR14.6666.1008.
36Sebastian KrimmerGER14.6336.2008.
37Kristian ThomasGBR14.6255.8008.
38Claudio CapelliSUI14.6006.1008.
39Josh JefferisAUS14.5666.5007.
40Oleh VerniaievUKR14.5666.9007.
41John OrozcoUSA14.5336.2008.
42Jimmy VerbaeysBEL14.5336.3007.
43Matteo MorandiITA14.5005.6008.
44Paolo OttaviITA14.5005.7008.
45Manuel CamposPOR14.4005.8008.
46Enrico PozzoITA14.3665.7008.
47Artur DavtyanARM14.2334.9009.
48Felix AronovichISR14.2335.9008.
49Fabian LeimlehnerAUT14.2005.5008.
50Koji YamamuroJPN14.2006.2008.
51Vitaliy NakonechnyiUKR14.1335.6008.
52Kim Seung-IlKOR14.0335.6008.
53Guo WeiyangCHN13.9666.7007.
54Max WhitlockGBR13.9005.7008.
55Sergio MuñozESP13.8335.1008.
56Alberto BusnariITA13.7665.1008.
57Martin KonečnýCZE13.7335.2008.
58Kim Hui-HunKOR13.7005.2008.
59Şakir ŞıxəliyevAZE13.6665.0008.
60Jorge GiraldoCOL13.6336.1007.
61Dmitrijs TrefilovsLAT13.5334.9009.
62Flavius KocziROU13.5005.9007.
63Stepan GorbachovKAZ13.4335.4007.
64Vlasis MarasGRE13.4004.8008.
65Mohamed El-SahartyEGY13.4005.6007.
66Oleh StepkoUKR13.3666.7006.
67Fabián GonzálezESP13.3335.6007.
68Jonathan HortonUSA13.1336.1007.
69Chen YibingCHN12.9003.9009.
70Yang Hak-SeonKOR11.9665.0006.
71Denis AblyazinRUS0.0000.0000.

Final (7 August 2012 — 14:00)

Difficulty Judge 1Mircea ApolzanROU
Difficulty Judge 2Butch ZunichUSA
Execution Judge 1Josef TothAUT
Execution Judge 2Lee Ho-SikKOR
Execution Judge 3Denis DonoghueIRL
Execution Judge 4Timur AmirbekovKAZ
Execution Judge 5Rafael BricknerISR
Execution Reference Judge 1Tom ThingvoldNOR
Execution Reference Judge 2Bjørn TomassonISL
Time JudgeLee WoollsGBR
PosGymnastNOCPointsD ScoreE Score
1Feng ZheCHN15.9667.0008.
2Marcel NguyenGER15.8006.8009.
3Hamilton SabotFRA15.5666.7009.
4Kazuhito TanakaJPN15.5006.7008.
5Daniel CorralMEX15.3336.6008.
=6Emin GaribovRUS15.3006.5008.
=6Vasilis TsolakidisGRE15.3006.5008.
8Yusuke TanakaJPN15.1006.4008.
9Zhang ChenglongCHN13.8086.3007.