Gymnastics at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Men's horizontal bar

The men's horizontal bar event was part of the gymnastics programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. It was contested for the fifth time after 1896, 1904, 1924, and 1928.[1] The competition was held on Thursday, August 11, 1932. Twelve gymnasts from six nations competed.[2] Each nation was limited to three gymnasts.[3] The event was won by Dallas Bixler of the United States, the nation's first victory in the men's horizontal bar since 1904 and second overall (most of any nation). Heikki Savolainen and Einari Teräsvirta of Finland tied for second; the two agreed that Savolainen would take silver and Teräsvirta bronze. They were the first medals for Finland in the horizontal bar.

Men's horizontal bar
at the Games of the X Olympiad
Heikki Savolainen competing on the horizontal bar
VenueLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Date11 August
Competitors12 from 6 nations
Winning score55.0
1st place, gold medalist(s) Dallas Bixler
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Heikki Savolainen
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Einari Teräsvirta
← 1928
1936 →

Background edit

This was the fifth appearance of the event, which is one of the five apparatus events held every time there were apparatus events at the Summer Olympics (no apparatus events were held in 1900, 1908, 1912, or 1920). Four of the 12 gymnast had competed in the 1928 event: Heikki Savolainen of Finland, István Pelle and Miklós Péter of Hungary, and Al Jochim of the United States. Savolainen had been the top placed of them at 13th. Pelle had won the 1930 world championship, with Péter the runner-up; Savolainen had been victorious at the off-cycle 1931 world championship.[4]

Japan and Mexico each made their debut in the men's horizontal bar. The United States made its fourth appearance, most of any nation, having missed only the inaugural 1896 Games.

Competition format edit

For the second (after 1896) and last time, the horizontal bar competition was entirely separate from the individual all-around rather than being entirely aggregated into the all-around or sharing qualification results. Each gymnast performed one compulsory exercise and one voluntary exercise. The score for each exercise was up to 30 points, with a combined score of 60 points maximum.[4][3]

Schedule edit

Date Time Round
Thursday, 11 August 1932 8:00 Final

Results edit

A separate competition was held, unrelated to the all-around event. Two exercises were contested with the results based on total points. Heikki Savolainen and Einari Teräsvirta finished level on points and tied for second place. The silver and bronze medal was awarded after a mutual agreement between the two competitors.

Rank Gymnast Nation Compulsory Voluntary Total
  Dallas Bixler   United States 26.6 28.4 55.0
  Heikki Savolainen   Finland 27.5 26.7 54.2
  Einari Teräsvirta   Finland 27.6 26.6 54.2
4 Ilmari Pakarinen   Finland 26.2 25.6 51.8
István Pelle   Hungary 25.7 26.1 51.8
6 Michael Schuler   United States 24.4 22.3 46.7
7 Miklós Péter   Hungary 24.6 20.8 45.4
8 Mahito Haga   Japan 19.0 18.4 37.4
9 Ismael Mosqueira   Mexico 20.8 12.0 32.8
10 Al Jochim   United States 24.1 24.1
11 Savino Guglielmetti   Italy 23.9 23.9
12 Giovanni Lattuada   Italy 22.7 22.7

References edit

  1. ^ "1932 Olympics Gymnastics Medalists".
  2. ^ "Gymnastics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's Horizontal Bars". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b Official Report, p. 656.
  4. ^ a b "Horizontal Bar, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 9 December 2020.

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