Gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's parallel bars

The men's parallel bars competition was one of eight events for male competitors in artistic gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. The qualification and final rounds took place on July 18, 20, and 23rd at the Montreal Forum. There were 90 competitors from 20 nations, with nations competing in the team event having 6 gymnasts while other nations could have up to 3 gymnasts.[1] The event was won by Sawao Katō of Japan, the first man to successfully defend an Olympic title in the parallel bars—and, as of the 2016 Games, still the only one to do so (the most decorated parallel bars gymnast, Li Xiaopeng, had his two gold medals separated by a bronze). It was the fourth consecutive victory by a Japanese gymnast in the event, breaking a tie with Switzerland for most all-time. Japan was unable to repeat its 1972 medal sweep, as nations were now limited to two finalists each. Nikolai Andrianov of the Soviet Union took silver, while Mitsuo Tsukahara of Japan earned bronze, missing a 1–2 finish for Japan by .025 points.

Men's parallel bars
at the Games of the XXI Olympiad
Sawao Kato 1970.jpg
Sawao Katō (1970)
VenueMontreal Forum
Dates18–23 July
Competitors90 from 20 nations
Winning score19.675
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Sawao Katō
 Japan
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Nikolai Andrianov
 Soviet Union
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Mitsuo Tsukahara
 Japan
← 1972
1980 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the 14th 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). Three of the six finalists from 1972 returned: gold medalist Sawao Katō of Japan, bronze medalist Eizo Kenmotsu of Japan, and sixth-place finisher Nikolai Andrianov of the Soviet Union. Kenmotsu had won the 1974 world championship, with Andrianov the runner-up.[1]

Israel made its debut in the men's parallel bars. The United States made its 13th appearance, most of any nation, having missed only the inaugural 1896 Games.

Competition formatEdit

Each nation entered a team of six gymnasts or up to three individual gymnasts. All entrants in the gymnastics competitions performed both a compulsory exercise and a voluntary exercise for each apparatus. The scores for all 12 exercises were summed to give an individual all-around score. These exercise scores were also used for qualification for the apparatus finals. The two exercises (compulsory and voluntary) for each apparatus were summed to give an apparatus score. The top 6 in each apparatus participated in the finals, except that nations were limited to two finalists each; others were ranked 7th through 90th. Half of the preliminary score carried over to the final.[1][2]

ScheduleEdit

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 18 July 1976 12:30
19:15
21:00
Preliminary: Compulsory
Tuesday, 20 July 1976 15:00
19:00
20:45
Preliminary: Voluntary
Friday, 23 July 1976 19:30 Final

ResultsEdit

Ninety gymnasts competed in the compulsory and optional rounds on July 18 and 20. The six highest scoring gymnasts advanced to the final on July 23. Each country was limited to two competitors in the final. Half of the points earned by each gymnast during both the compulsory and optional rounds carried over to the final. This constitutes the "prelim" score.

Rank Gymnast Nation Preliminary Final
Compulsory Voluntary Total 12 Prelim. Final Total
  Sawao Katō   Japan 9.75 9.80 19.55 9.775 9.900 19.675
  Nikolai Andrianov   Soviet Union 9.80 9.70 19.50 9.750 9.750 19.500
  Mitsuo Tsukahara   Japan 9.70 9.65 19.35 9.675 9.800 19.475
4 Bernd Jäger   East Germany 9.65 9.55 19.20 9.600 9.600 19.200
5 Miloslav Netusil   Czechoslovakia 9.45 9.60 19.05 9.525 9.600 19.125
6 Andrzej Szajna   Poland 9.45 9.55 19.00 9.500 9.450 18.950
7 Hiroshi Kajiyama   Japan 9.70 9.65 19.35 Did not advance
8 Dan Grecu   Romania 9.70 9.55 19.25 Did not advance
Vladimir Markelov   Soviet Union 9.65 9.60 19.25 Did not advance
10 Hisato Igarashi   Japan 9.55 9.45 19.00 Did not advance
Zoltán Magyar   Hungary 9.55 9.45 19.00 Did not advance
12 Bart Conner   United States 9.55 9.40 18.95 Did not advance
13 Alexander Dityatin   Soviet Union 9.50 9.40 18.90 Did not advance
Lutz Mack   East Germany 9.50 9.40 18.90 Did not advance
15 Henri Boerio   France 9.45 9.40 18.85 Did not advance
Gennady Krysin   Soviet Union 9.45 9.40 18.85 Did not advance
17 Robert Bretscher   Switzerland 9.50 9.25 18.75 Did not advance
Eizo Kenmotsu   Japan 9.00 9.75 18.75 Did not advance
Imre Molnar   Hungary 9.60 9.15 18.75 Did not advance
Michael Nikolay   East Germany 9.40 9.35 18.75 Did not advance
21 Ferenc Donath   Hungary 9.40 9.30 18.70 Did not advance
Edgar Jorek   West Germany 9.30 9.40 18.70 Did not advance
Kurt Thomas   United States 9.40 9.30 18.70 Did not advance
24 Volker Rohrwick   West Germany 9.25 9.40 18.65 Did not advance
25 Mihai Borş   Romania 9.45 9.15 18.60 Did not advance
Pierre Leclerc   Canada 9.40 9.20 18.60 Did not advance
27 Gustav Tannenberger   Czechoslovakia 9.30 9.25 18.55 Did not advance
Wayne Young   United States 9.35 9.20 18.55 Did not advance
29 Rainer Hanschke   East Germany 9.35 9.15 18.50 Did not advance
Nicolae Oprescu   Romania 9.40 9.10 18.50 Did not advance
31 Mariusz Zasada   Poland 9.25 9.20 18.45 Did not advance
32 Vladislav Nehasil   Czechoslovakia 8.95 9.40 18.35 Did not advance
33 Sorin Cepoi   Romania 9.25 9.05 18.30 Did not advance
Ştefan Gal   Romania 9.05 9.25 18.30 Did not advance
35 Marshall Avener   United States 9.20 9.05 18.25 Did not advance
Wolfgang Klotz   East Germany 9.05 9.20 18.25 Did not advance
37 Eberhard Gienger   West Germany 8.80 9.40 18.20 Did not advance
Maurizio Milanetto   Italy 9.15 9.05 18.20 Did not advance
Roberto Richards   Cuba 8.90 9.30 18.20 Did not advance
Roland Brückner   East Germany 9.10 9.10 18.20 Did not advance
Dov Lupi   Israel 9.00 9.20 18.20 Did not advance
Peter Rohner   Switzerland 9.25 8.95 18.20 Did not advance
43 Tom Beach   United States 9.15 9.00 18.15 Did not advance
Árpád Farkas   Hungary 9.15 9.00 18.15 Did not advance
Eric Koloko   France 9.15 9.00 18.15 Did not advance
46 Ueli Bachmann   Switzerland 8.80 9.30 18.10 Did not advance
Stoyan Delchev   Bulgaria 8.90 9.20 18.10 Did not advance
Peter Kormann   United States 9.05 9.05 18.10 Did not advance
Vladimir Tikhonov   Soviet Union 9.30 8.80 18.10 Did not advance
50 Vladimir Marchenko   Soviet Union 8.55 9.50 18.05 Did not advance
Willi Moy   France 9.20 8.85 18.05 Did not advance
Łukasz Uhma   Poland 8.70 9.35 18.05 Did not advance
53 Béla Laufer   Hungary 9.30 8.70 18.00 Did not advance
54 Ion Checicheş   Romania 8.85 9.10 17.95 Did not advance
55 Gabriel Calvo   Spain 8.85 9.05 17.90 Did not advance
56 Keith Carter   Canada 9.05 8.80 17.85 Did not advance
Philippe Gaille   Switzerland 8.90 8.95 17.85 Did not advance
Peter Lloyd   Australia 8.90 8.95 17.85 Did not advance
Werner Steinmetz   West Germany 8.90 8.95 17.85 Did not advance
60 Bernard Decoux   France 8.85 8.95 17.80 Did not advance
Roman Tkaczyk   Poland 8.95 8.85 17.80 Did not advance
62 Imre Bánrévi   Hungary 8.55 9.20 17.75 Did not advance
Ole Benediktson   Denmark 8.60 9.15 17.75 Did not advance
Reinhard Dietze   West Germany 9.05 8.70 17.75 Did not advance
Andrey Keranov   Bulgaria 8.95 8.80 17.75 Did not advance
Reinhard Ritter   West Germany 8.80 8.95 17.75 Did not advance
67 Armin Vock   Switzerland 9.05 8.65 17.70 Did not advance
Philip Delesalle   Canada 9.20 8.50 17.70 Did not advance
69 Patrick Boutet   France 8.40 9.25 17.65 Did not advance
Maurizio Montesi   Italy 8.95 8.70 17.65 Did not advance
71 Michel Boutard   France 8.80 8.80 17.60 Did not advance
Jan Zoulík   Czechoslovakia 8.65 8.95 17.60 Did not advance
73 Dimitar Koychev   Bulgaria 8.65 8.90 17.55 Did not advance
Dimitrios Janulidis   Czechoslovakia 8.85 8.70 17.55 Did not advance
75 Phil Cheetham   Australia 8.65 8.80 17.45 Did not advance
José de la Casa   Spain 8.90 8.55 17.45 Did not advance
Bernhard Locher   Switzerland 8.65 8.80 17.45 Did not advance
Angelo Zucca   Italy 8.35 9.10 17.45 Did not advance
79 Grzegorz Ciastek   Poland 8.70 8.55 17.25 Did not advance
Nelson Fernández   Cuba 8.50 8.75 17.25 Did not advance
81 Georgi Todorov   Bulgaria 8.30 8.90 17.20 Did not advance
Tommy Wilson   Great Britain 8.50 8.70 17.20 Did not advance
83 Ian Neale   Great Britain 7.85 9.15 17.00 Did not advance
84 Jeff Davis   Great Britain 8.00 8.90 16.90 Did not advance
85 Marian Pieczka   Poland 8.55 8.20 16.75 Did not advance
86 Jiri Tabak   Czechoslovakia 6.95 9.35 16.30 Did not advance
87 Fernando Bertrand   Spain 8.60 7.60 16.20 Did not advance
88 Toncho Todorov   Bulgaria 6.95 8.65 15.60 Did not advance
89 Zhivko Rusev   Bulgaria 7.10 8.30 15.40 Did not advance
90 Shun Fujimoto   Japan 9.45 0.00 9.45 Did not advance
Jorge Cuervo   Cuba DNS Did not advance

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Parallel Bars, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  2. ^ Official Report, vol. 3, p. 327.