| Event type

Horizontal Bar, Men

Date28 July – 7 August 2012
LocationNorth Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Participants70 from 33 countries

Going into the men’s horizontal bar event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Zou Kai of China already had five Olympic gold medals: three from 2008 in the team, floor exercise, and horizontal bar competitions and two from 2012 in the team and floor exercise categories. He was also the 2009 and 2011 World Champion in the horizontal bar, but would not go unchallenged in his quest for a sixth Olympic gold medal. His compatriot Zhang Chenglong, World Champion in 2010, was also competing, as was Emin Garibov of Russia, the reigning European Champion, and Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands, the 2011 European Champion and world runner-up in 2009 and 2010. Zonderland had also appeared in the finals of the 2008 Olympics, the first Dutch man to appear at the Games since 1928.

In the qualification round, Zonderland came out on top, with Zhang close behind and Danell Leyva of the United States, the 2011 World Champion in parallel bars and the bronze medalist in the London Olympic individual all-around, in third. Garbov and Zou finished further down, in sixth and seventh respectively, but still survived to the finals. In the finals Zou went fourth with the highest difficulty routine of the event, 7.900. His excellent performance of 16.366 set the bar, knocking his teammate Zhang, with a score of 16.266, into second. Fabian Hambüchen of Germany, 2007 World Champion, three time European Champion (2005, 2007, 2008), and bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games, managed to pass Zou’s point total with a less difficult routine, but a much better execution score, the highest of the night. He did not stay long on the top of the podium, however, as Zonderland went next with an outstanding performance that ranked as difficult as Zou’s, but with better execution. Zonderland’s routine included three successive difficult flight elements, Cassica-Kovacs-Kolman, and he became the first person to successfully perform them, having attempted (and failed) at the 2012 European Championships. The final two gymnasts had no answer for this and Zonderland became the Netherlands’ first Olympic champion in gymnastics since the women’s all-around team in 1928, the only other time the nation had medalled in the sport. Hambüchen took home silver and Zou, after being crowned Olympic champion five times, settled for bronze.

1243Epke ZonderlandNED15.966 (1)16.533 (1)Gold
2142Fabian HambüchenGER15.633 (4)16.400 (2)Silver
3105Zou KaiCHN15.533 (7)16.366 (3)Bronze
4104Zhang ChenglongCHN15.933 (2)16.266 (4)
5213Danell LeyvaUSA15.866 (3)15.833 (5)
6212Jonathan HortonUSA15.566 (5)15.466 (6)
7194Emin GaribovRUS15.566 (6)15.333 (7)
8172Kim Ji-HunKOR15.500 (8)15.133 (8)
9 r1/2134Kristian ThomasGBR15.366 (9)
10 r1/2215John OrozcoUSA15.266 (10)
11 r1/2131Sam OldhamGBR15.100 (11)
12 r1/2222Aleksandr ShatilovISR15.000 (12)
13 r1/2113Fabián GonzálezESP15.000 (13)
14 r1/2102Feng ZheCHN15.000 (14)
15 r1/2144Marcel NguyenGER15.000 (15)
16 r1/2164Kohei UchimuraJPN15.000 (16)
17 r1/2123Gaël da SilvaFRA14.966 (17)
18 r1/2103Guo WeiyangCHN14.933 (18)
19 r1/2193David BelyavskyRUS14.866 (19)
20 r1/2124Hamilton SabotFRA14.866 (20)
21 r1/2202Vitaliy NakonechnyiUKR14.800 (21)
22 r1/2245Claudio CapelliSUI14.766 (22)
23 r1/2132Daniel PurvisGBR14.733 (23)
24 r1/2258Roman KuleszaPOL14.733 (24)
25 r1/2201Mykola KuksenkovUKR14.666 (25)
26 r1/2143Sebastian KrimmerGER14.600 (26)
27 r1/2112Javier GómezESP14.533 (27)
28 r1/2251Sérgio SasakiBRA14.533 (28)
29 r1/2155Enrico PozzoITA14.500 (29)
30 r1/2162Kazuhito TanakaJPN14.400 (30)
31 r1/2122Yann CucheratFRA14.366 (31)
32 r1/2165Koji YamamuroJPN14.366 (32)
33 r1/2254Jimmy VerbaeysBEL14.333 (33)
34 r1/2114Rubén LópezESP14.300 (34)
35 r1/2225Vlasis MarasGRE14.300 (35)
36 r1/2163Yusuke TanakaJPN14.200 (36)
37 r1/2125Cyril TommasoneFRA14.133 (37)
38 r1/2242Martin KonečnýCZE14.100 (38)
39 r1/2154Paolo OttaviITA14.066 (39)
40 r1/2183Ovidiu BuidosoROU14.066 (40)
41 r1/2205Oleh VerniaievUKR14.066 (41)
42 r1/2235Dmitrijs TrefilovsLAT14.033 (42)
43 r1/2214Sam MikulakUSA14.033 (43)
44 r1/2195Igor PakhomenkoRUS14.000 (44)
45 r1/2174Kim Su-MyeonKOR13.933 (45)
46 r1/2255Nathan GafuikCAN13.866 (46)
47 r1/2141Philipp BoyGER13.800 (47)
48 r1/2227Josh JefferisAUS13.766 (48)
49 r1/2191Denis AblyazinRUS13.733 (49)
50 r1/2253Quazi Syque CaesarBAN13.700 (50)
51 r1/2182Marius Daniel BerbecarROU13.700 (51)
52 r1/2237Mohamed El-SahartyEGY13.666 (52)
53 r1/2230Stepan GorbachovKAZ13.666 (53)
54 r1/2252Fabian LeimlehnerAUT13.533 (54)
55 r1/2247Shek Wai HungHKG13.533 (55)
56 r1/2221Felix AronovichISR13.500 (56)
57 r1/2256Jorge GiraldoCOL13.500 (57)
58 r1/2184Vlad CotunaROU13.491 (58)
59 r1/2204Oleh StepkoUKR13.466 (59)
60 r1/2238Artur DavtyanARM13.366 (60)
61 r1/2115Sergio MuñozESP13.266 (61)
62 r1/2173Kim Seung-IlKOR13.233 (62)
63 r1/2231Manuel CamposPOR13.200 (63)
64 r1/2133Louis SmithGBR13.033 (64)
65 r1/2234Samuel PiaseckýSVK12.666 (65)
66 r1/2185Flavius KocziROU12.633 (66)
67 r1/2152Alberto BusnariITA12.100 (67)
68 r1/2175Yang Hak-SeonKOR11.233 (68)
69 r1/2240Şakir ŞıxəliyevAZE10.633 (69)
70 r1/2153Matteo MorandiITA0.000 (70)

Qualification (28 July 2012 — 11:00)

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

Difficulty Judge 1Holger AlbrechtGER
Difficulty Judge 2Andrew TombsGBR
Execution Judge 1João Paulo RochaPOR
Execution Judge 2Pavel DušCZE
Execution Judge 3Fulvio TraversoITA
Execution Judge 4Li JingCHN
Execution Judge 5Artūrs MickevičsLAT
Execution Reference Judge 1Robert LiefeldtRSA
Execution Reference Judge 2Douglas BernabéESA
PosGymnastNOCPointsD ScoreE Score
1Epke ZonderlandNED15.9667.5008.
2Zhang ChenglongCHN15.9337.5008.
3Danell LeyvaUSA15.8667.2009.
4Fabian HambüchenGER15.6337.0008.
5Jonathan HortonUSA15.5666.8008.
6Emin GaribovRUS15.5667.3008.
7Zou KaiCHN15.5337.4008.
8Kim Ji-HunKOR15.5007.3008.
9Kristian ThomasGBR15.3666.5008.
10John OrozcoUSA15.2666.7008.
11Sam OldhamGBR15.1006.7008.
12Aleksandr ShatilovISR15.0006.3008.
13Fabián GonzálezESP15.0006.7008.
14Feng ZheCHN15.0006.9008.
15Marcel NguyenGER15.0007.0008.
16Kohei UchimuraJPN15.0007.2007.
17Gaël da SilvaFRA14.9666.4008.
18Guo WeiyangCHN14.9336.8008.
19David BelyavskyRUS14.8666.1009.
20Hamilton SabotFRA14.8666.3008.
21Vitaliy NakonechnyiUKR14.8006.4008.
22Claudio CapelliSUI14.7666.3008.
23Daniel PurvisGBR14.7336.1008.
24Roman KuleszaPOL14.7336.7007.
25Mykola KuksenkovUKR14.6666.9007.
26Sebastian KrimmerGER14.6006.4008.
27Javier GómezESP14.5335.9008.
28Sérgio SasakiBRA14.5336.6007.
29Enrico PozzoITA14.5006.0007.
30Kazuhito TanakaJPN14.4006.7007.
31Yann CucheratFRA14.3666.0008.
32Koji YamamuroJPN14.3666.4008.
33Jimmy VerbaeysBEL14.3335.9008.
34Rubén LópezESP14.3005.9008.
35Vlasis MarasGRE14.3007.0007.
36Yusuke TanakaJPN14.2006.5007.
37Cyril TommasoneFRA14.1335.5008.
38Martin KonečnýCZE14.1006.9007.
39Paolo OttaviITA14.0665.8008.
40Ovidiu BuidosoROU14.0666.0008.
41Oleh VerniaievUKR14.0666.3007.
42Dmitrijs TrefilovsLAT14.0335.8008.
43Sam MikulakUSA14.0336.6007.
44Igor PakhomenkoRUS14.0006.5007.
45Kim Su-MyeonKOR13.9336.3007.
46Nathan GafuikCAN13.8666.6007.
47Philipp BoyGER13.8006.8006.
48Josh JefferisAUS13.7665.6008.
49Denis AblyazinRUS13.7335.7007.
50Quazi Syque CaesarBAN13.7005.4008.
51Marius Daniel BerbecarROU13.7005.5008.
52Mohamed El-SahartyEGY13.6665.6008.
53Stepan GorbachovKAZ13.6665.9008.
54Fabian LeimlehnerAUT13.5335.9007.
55Shek Wai HungHKG13.5336.4006.
56Felix AronovichISR13.5005.5007.
57Jorge GiraldoCOL13.5005.6008.
58Vlad CotunaROU13.4916.3007.
59Oleh StepkoUKR13.4665.6008.
60Artur DavtyanARM13.3664.4008.
61Sergio MuñozESP13.2665.7007.
62Kim Seung-IlKOR13.2335.6007.
63Manuel CamposPOR13.2006.1007.
64Louis SmithGBR13.0335.0007.
65Samuel PiaseckýSVK12.6665.5007.
66Flavius KocziROU12.6334.8008.
67Alberto BusnariITA12.1005.0007.
68Yang Hak-SeonKOR11.2334.0007.
69Şakir ŞıxəliyevAZE10.6334.8004.
70Matteo MorandiITA0.0000.0000.

Final (7 August 2012 — 15:37)

Difficulty Judge 1Holger AlbrechtGER
Difficulty Judge 2Andrew TombsGBR
Execution Judge 1Reza ƏliyevAZE
Execution Judge 2Viktoras ŠurpikasLTU
Execution Judge 3Gabriel VargaSVK
Execution Judge 4Andreas StruplerSUI
Execution Judge 5Gustavo SalazarMEX
Execution Reference Judge 1Joseph BernardLUX
Execution Reference Judge 2Douglas BernabéESA
PosGymnastNOCPointsD ScoreE Score
1Epke ZonderlandNED16.5337.9008.
2Fabian HambüchenGER16.4007.5009.
3Zou KaiCHN16.3667.9008.
4Zhang ChenglongCHN16.2667.7008.
5Danell LeyvaUSA15.8337.2008.
6Jonathan HortonUSA15.4666.8008.
7Emin GaribovRUS15.3337.1008.
8Kim Ji-HunKOR15.1337.1008.