| Event type

Rings, Men

Date28 July – 6 August 2012
LocationNorth Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Participants68 from 31 countries

Chen Yibing of China had won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics and in every World Championship and Asian Games since 2006, except for the 2009 World Championships in which he did not participate. Thus, in the men’s rings event at the 2012 Games, he was as close to a shoo-in as one could get in an Olympic final and proved it by winning the qualification round a comfortable distance ahead of Matteo Morandi of Italy, who had been competing on an international level since 2003. Morandi was far from the most experienced finalist, however, eclipsed by the qualification of Yordan Yovchev of Bulgaria, who had first appeared at the 1992 Summer Games. Yovchev tied a record set just days earlier by Oksana Chusovitina by competing in his sixth Olympics as a gymnast.

Chen was the first gymnast to go in the finals, putting on an excellent performance and earning a respectable score of 15.800, 0.058 off of his qualifying mark. Morandi nearly caught up with him midway through the competition, posting a score of 15.733 and sliding into second place. With only Arthur Zanetti of Brazil left to go, Chen remained in the lead, but was not yet assured of the gold. Zanetti, who had had the highest execution score but qualified in fourth based on a lower difficulty, was the most recent World Championship runner-up and selected a difficulty equal to Chen’s for his final routine. The Brazilian’s routine was excellent and it earned him a total score of 15.900, sufficient to capture the gold and his nation’s first Olympic medal in the sport. Chen settled for silver and Morandi won bronze, his first Olympic medal in three editions of the Games.

1250Arthur ZanettiBRA15.616 (4)15.900 (1)Gold
2101Chen YibingCHN15.858 (1)15.800 (2)Silver
3153Matteo MorandiITA15.766 (2)15.733 (3)Bronze
4192Aleksandr BalandinRUS15.666 (3)15.666 (4)
5191Denis AblyazinRUS15.500 (5)15.633 (5)
6244Tommy RamosPUR15.500 (6)15.600 (6)
7229Yordan YovchevBUL15.308 (8)15.108 (7)
8239Federico MolinariARG15.333 (7)14.733 (8)
9 r1/2203Ihor RadivilovUKR15.300 (9)
10 r1/2212Jonathan HortonUSA15.166 (10)
11 r1/2162Kazuhito TanakaJPN15.100 (11)
12 r1/2211Jake DaltonUSA15.100 (12)
13 r1/2144Marcel NguyenGER15.100 (13)
14 r1/2215John OrozcoUSA15.066 (14)
15 r1/2151Matteo AngiolettiITA15.066 (15)
16 r1/2132Daniel PurvisGBR15.033 (16)
17 r1/2163Yusuke TanakaJPN15.033 (17)
18 r1/2201Mykola KuksenkovUKR15.000 (18)
19 r1/2164Kohei UchimuraJPN14.966 (19)
20 r1/2256Jorge GiraldoCOL14.933 (20)
21 r1/2145Andreas TobaGER14.900 (21)
22 r1/2114Rubén LópezESP14.900 (22)
23 r1/2165Koji YamamuroJPN14.900 (23)
=24 r1/2102Feng ZheCHN14.866 (=24)
=24 r1/2154Paolo OttaviITA14.866 (=24)
26 r1/2204Oleh StepkoUKR14.866 (26)
27 r1/2181Cristian Ioan BățagăROU14.833 (27)
28 r1/2142Fabian HambüchenGER14.766 (28)
29 r1/2251Sérgio SasakiBRA14.633 (29)
30 r1/2194Emin GaribovRUS14.633 (30)
=31 r1/2131Sam OldhamGBR14.600 (=31)
=31 r1/2213Danell LeyvaUSA14.600 (=31)
33 r1/2185Flavius KocziROU14.600 (33)
34 r1/2205Oleh VerniaievUKR14.600 (34)
35 r1/2134Kristian ThomasGBR14.566 (35)
36 r1/2124Hamilton SabotFRA14.533 (36)
37 r1/2227Josh JefferisAUS14.533 (37)
38 r1/2182Marius Daniel BerbecarROU14.466 (38)
39 r1/2231Manuel CamposPOR14.433 (39)
40 r1/2233Phạm Phước HưngVIE14.433 (40)
41 r1/2184Vlad CotunaROU14.400 (41)
42 r1/2103Guo WeiyangCHN14.400 (42)
43 r1/2193David BelyavskyRUS14.366 (43)
44 r1/2123Gaël da SilvaFRA14.366 (44)
45 r1/2121Pierre-Yves BényFRA14.266 (45)
46 r1/2125Cyril TommasoneFRA14.166 (46)
47 r1/2141Philipp BoyGER14.166 (47)
48 r1/2171Kim Hui-HunKOR14.166 (48)
=49 r1/2135Max WhitlockGBR14.133 (=49)
=49 r1/2245Claudio CapelliSUI14.133 (=49)
51 r1/2221Felix AronovichISR14.100 (51)
52 r1/2254Jimmy VerbaeysBEL14.066 (52)
=53 r1/2113Fabián GonzálezESP14.033 (=53)
=53 r1/2155Enrico PozzoITA14.033 (=53)
55 r1/2222Aleksandr ShatilovISR14.033 (55)
56 r1/2115Sergio MuñozESP13.966 (56)
57 r1/2175Yang Hak-SeonKOR13.933 (57)
58 r1/2112Javier GómezESP13.900 (58)
59 r1/2174Kim Su-MyeonKOR13.833 (59)
60 r1/2252Fabian LeimlehnerAUT13.633 (60)
61 r1/2237Mohamed El-SahartyEGY13.566 (61)
62 r1/2230Stepan GorbachovKAZ13.533 (62)
63 r1/2258Roman KuleszaPOL13.466 (63)
64 r1/2238Artur DavtyanARM13.400 (64)
65 r1/2240Şakir ŞıxəliyevAZE13.166 (65)
66 r1/2242Martin KonečnýCZE13.166 (66)
67 r1/2235Dmitrijs TrefilovsLAT13.133 (67)
68 r1/2173Kim Seung-IlKOR12.666 (68)

Qualification (28 July 2012 — 11:00)

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

Difficulty Judge 1Andrei FederauBLR
Difficulty Judge 2Paul SzyjkoAUS
Execution Judge 1Andreas StruplerSUI
Execution Judge 2Viktoras ŠurpikasLTU
Execution Judge 3Denis DonoghueIRL
Execution Judge 4Raymond HeiderichCAN
Execution Judge 5Mario VukojaCRO
Execution Reference Judge 1Enes Hodžić LedererSLO
Execution Reference Judge 2Mohamed HadjiALG
PosGymnastNOCPointsD ScoreE Score
1Chen YibingCHN15.8586.8009.
2Matteo MorandiITA15.7666.8009.
3Aleksandr BalandinRUS15.6666.7009.
4Arthur ZanettiBRA15.6166.5009.
5Denis AblyazinRUS15.5006.6008.
6Tommy RamosPUR15.5006.8008.
7Federico MolinariARG15.3336.7008.
8Yordan YovchevBUL15.3086.6008.
9Ihor RadivilovUKR15.3006.8008.
10Jonathan HortonUSA15.1666.7008.
11Kazuhito TanakaJPN15.1006.0009.
12Jake DaltonUSA15.1006.2009.
13Marcel NguyenGER15.1006.4008.
14John OrozcoUSA15.0666.3008.
15Matteo AngiolettiITA15.0666.4008.
16Daniel PurvisGBR15.0336.1009.
17Yusuke TanakaJPN15.0336.2008.
18Mykola KuksenkovUKR15.0006.3008.
19Kohei UchimuraJPN14.9666.5008.
20Jorge GiraldoCOL14.9336.3008.
21Andreas TobaGER14.9006.3008.
22Rubén LópezESP14.9006.4008.
23Koji YamamuroJPN14.9006.8007.
=24Feng ZheCHN14.8666.3008.
=24Paolo OttaviITA14.8666.3008.
26Oleh StepkoUKR14.8666.4008.
27Cristian Ioan BățagăROU14.8336.1008.
28Fabian HambüchenGER14.7665.9009.
29Sérgio SasakiBRA14.6335.7008.
30Emin GaribovRUS14.6335.8008.
=31Sam OldhamGBR14.6005.9008.
=31Danell LeyvaUSA14.6005.9008.
33Flavius KocziROU14.6006.1008.
34Oleh VerniaievUKR14.6006.3008.
35Kristian ThomasGBR14.5665.8008.
36Hamilton SabotFRA14.5335.7008.
37Josh JefferisAUS14.5336.3008.
38Marius Daniel BerbecarROU14.4665.9008.
39Manuel CamposPOR14.4335.8008.
40Phạm Phước HưngVIE14.4336.8007.
41Vlad CotunaROU14.4005.6008.
42Guo WeiyangCHN14.4006.4008.
43David BelyavskyRUS14.3665.7008.
44Gaël da SilvaFRA14.3666.0008.
45Pierre-Yves BényFRA14.2666.0008.
46Cyril TommasoneFRA14.1665.5008.
47Philipp BoyGER14.1665.7008.
48Kim Hui-HunKOR14.1665.9008.
=49Max WhitlockGBR14.1335.5008.
=49Claudio CapelliSUI14.1335.5008.
51Felix AronovichISR14.1005.8008.
52Jimmy VerbaeysBEL14.0665.5008.
=53Fabián GonzálezESP14.0335.3008.
=53Enrico PozzoITA14.0335.3008.
55Aleksandr ShatilovISR14.0335.4008.
56Sergio MuñozESP13.9665.9008.
57Yang Hak-SeonKOR13.9336.5007.
58Javier GómezESP13.9006.2007.
59Kim Su-MyeonKOR13.8335.6008.
60Fabian LeimlehnerAUT13.6335.5008.
61Mohamed El-SahartyEGY13.5665.5008.
62Stepan GorbachovKAZ13.5334.9008.
63Roman KuleszaPOL13.4665.3008.
64Artur DavtyanARM13.4004.8008.
65Şakir ŞıxəliyevAZE13.1664.5008.
66Martin KonečnýCZE13.1665.2007.
67Dmitrijs TrefilovsLAT13.1335.2007.
68Kim Seung-IlKOR12.6665.6007.

Final (6 August 2012 — 14:00)

Difficulty Judge 1Josef TothAUT
Difficulty Judge 2Paul SzyjkoAUS
Execution Judge 1Tamer BarakaEGY
Execution Judge 2Raymond HeiderichCAN
Execution Judge 3João Paulo RochaPOR
Execution Judge 4Rodrigo LagosCHI
Execution Judge 5Pavel DušCZE
Execution Reference Judge 1Sotiris StylianouCYP
Execution Reference Judge 2Teppo KalajaFIN
PosGymnastNOCPointsD ScoreE Score
1Arthur ZanettiBRA15.9006.8008.
2Chen YibingCHN15.8006.8009.
3Matteo MorandiITA15.7336.8008.
4Aleksandr BalandinRUS15.6666.7008.
5Denis AblyazinRUS15.6336.6009.
6Tommy RamosPUR15.6006.8008.
7Yordan YovchevBUL15.1086.6008.
8Federico MolinariARG14.7336.7007.