| Event type

Horse Vault, Men

Date6 – 15 August 2016
LocationArena Olímpica do Rio, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants17 from 14 countries

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 Ablyazin 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 medallist in London and silver medallist 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 Shirai and Drăgulescu. The first three remained the same until the very last vault of the competition by Denis Ablyazin 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.

1171Ri Se-GwangPRK15.433 (1)15.691 (1)Gold
2175Denis AblyazinRUS15.416 (2)15.516 (2)Silver
3152Kenzo ShiraiJPN15.283 (3)15.449 (3)Bronze
4172Marian DrăgulescuROU15.283 (5)15.449 (4)
=5179Nikita NagornyRUS15.283 (6)15.316 (=5)
=5191Oleh VerniaievUKR15.183 (7)15.316 (=5)
7115Tomás GonzálezCHI15.149 (8)15.137 (7)
8188Ihor RadivilovUKR15.283 (4)15.033 (8)
9 r1/2112Sérgio SasakiBRA15.016 (9)
10 r1/2193Jake DaltonUSA14.633 (10)
11 r1/2103Artur DavtyanARM14.566 (11)
12 r1/2182Benjamin GischardSUI14.516 (12)
13 r1/2173Andrei MunteanROU14.483 (13)
14 r1/2114Scott MorganCAN14.470 (14)
15 r1/2161Robert TvorogalLTU13.849 (15)
16 r1/2170Misha KoudinovNZL13.799 (16)
17 r1/2156Kim Han-SolKOR13.749 (17)

Qualification (6 August 2016 — 11:00)

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

Difficulty Judge 1Mario VukojaCRO
Difficulty Judge 2Juan Pablo RamírezCOL
Execution Judge 1Tom ThingvoldNOR
Execution Judge 2Rafael BricknerISR
Execution Judge 3Dejan DejanovićSRB
Execution Judge 4Hakob SerobyanARM
Execution Judge 5Álvaro SousaPOR
Execution Reference Judge 1Nikolaos ProviasGRE
Execution Reference Judge 2Josef TothAUT
Line JudgeHilton DichelliBRA
PosGymnastNOCPointsVault 1Vault 2
1Ri Se-GwangPRK15.43315.300 (=4)15.566 (1)Q
2Denis AblyazinRUS15.41615.400 (3)15.433 (=2)Q
3Kenzo ShiraiJPN15.28315.466 (1)15.100 (7)Q
4Ihor RadivilovUKR15.28315.433 (2)15.133 (6)Q
5Marian DrăgulescuROU15.28315.133 (=9)15.433 (=2)Q
6Nikita NagornyRUS15.28315.266 (=6)15.300 (=4)Q
7Oleh VerniaievUKR15.18315.066 (11)15.300 (=4)Q
8Tomás GonzálezCHI15.14915.233 (8)15.066 (8)Q
9Sérgio SasakiBRA15.01615.266 (=6)14.766 (10)
10Jake DaltonUSA14.63315.133 (=9)14.133 (14)
11Artur DavtyanARM14.56615.300 (=4)13.833 (15)
12Benjamin GischardSUI14.51614.300 (14)14.733 (11)
13Andrei MunteanROU14.48314.633 (12)14.333 (13)
14Scott MorganCAN14.47014.600 (13)14.341 (12)
15Robert TvorogalLTU13.84914.133 (=15)13.566 (16)
16Misha KoudinovNZL13.79914.133 (=15)13.466 (17)
17Kim Han-SolKOR13.74912.633 (17)14.866 (9)

Final (15 August 2016 — 14:54)

Difficulty Judge 1Mario VukojaCRO
Difficulty Judge 2Juan Pablo RamírezCOL
Execution Judge 1Dejan DejanovićSRB
Execution Judge 2Vincent ReimeringNED
Execution Judge 3Juan Carlos ColónPUR
Execution Judge 4Leon BiskupPOL
Execution Judge 5Helmut MetzGER
Execution Reference Judge 1Viktoras ŠurpikasLTU
Execution Reference Judge 2István BércziHUN
Line JudgeHilton DichelliBRA
PosGymnastNOCPointsVault 1Vault 2
1Ri Se-GwangPRK15.69115.616 (2)15.766 (1)
2Denis AblyazinRUS15.51615.600 (3)15.433 (3)
3Kenzo ShiraiJPN15.44915.833 (1)15.066 (7)
4Marian DrăgulescuROU15.44915.266 (=5)15.633 (2)
=5Nikita NagornyRUS15.31615.233 (7)15.400 (4)
=5Oleh VerniaievUKR15.31615.440 (4)15.233 (=5)
7Tomás GonzálezCHI15.13715.375 (=5)14.900 (8)
8Ihor RadivilovUKR15.03314.933 (8)15.133 (=5)