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Gymnastics at the 2004 Summer Olympics

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, three disciplines of gymnastics were contested: artistic gymnastics (August 14–23), rhythmic gymnastics (August 26–29) and trampoline (August 20–21). The artistic gymnastics and trampoline events were held at the Olympic Indoor Hall and the rhythmic gymnastics events were held at the Galatsi Olympic Hall.[1]

Gymnastics
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Gymnastics (Artistic), Athens 2004.png Gymnastics (Rhythmic), Athens 2004.png Gymnastics (Trampoline), Athens 2004.png
Pictograms for artistic (left), rhythmic (center), and trampoline (right)
VenueOlympic Indoor Hall (artistic and trampoline)
Galatsi Olympic Hall (rhythmic)
Dates14 – 29 August 2004
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Artistic gymnasticsEdit

Format of competitionEdit

The competition format was largely the same as at the 2000 Summer Olympics. All participating gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, participated in a qualification round. The results of this competition determined which teams and individuals participated in the remaining competitions, which included:

  • The team competition, in which the eight highest scoring teams from qualifications competed. For the first time, each team of six gymnasts could only have three gymnasts perform on each apparatus, and all three scores counted toward the team total.
  • The all-around competition, in which only the twenty-four highest scoring individuals in the all-around competed. For the first time, each country was limited to only two gymnasts in the all-around final.
  • The event finals, in which the eight highest scoring individuals on each apparatus competed. Each country was limited to two gymnasts in each apparatus final.

Medalists - Men's EventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual all-around
details
Paul Hamm
  United States
Kim Dae-eun
  South Korea
Yang Tae-young
  South Korea
Team all-around
details
  Japan (JPN)
Takehiro Kashima
Hisashi Mizutori
Daisuke Nakano
Hiroyuki Tomita
Naoya Tsukahara
Isao Yoneda
  United States (USA)
Jason Gatson
Morgan Hamm
Paul Hamm
Brett McClure
Blaine Wilson
Guard Young
  Romania (ROU)
Marian Drăgulescu
Ilie Daniel Popescu
Dan Nicolae Potra
Răzvan Dorin Şelariu
Ioan Silviu Suciu
Marius Urzică
Floor exercises
details
Kyle Shewfelt
  Canada
Marian Drăgulescu
  Romania
Yordan Yovchev
  Bulgaria
Horizontal bar
details
Igor Cassina
  Italy
Paul Hamm
  United States
Isao Yoneda
  Japan
Parallel bars
details
Valeri Goncharov
  Ukraine
Hiroyuki Tomita
  Japan
Li Xiaopeng
  China
Pommel horse
details
Teng Haibin
  China
Marius Urzică
  Romania
Takehiro Kashima
  Japan
Rings
details
Dimosthenis Tampakos
  Greece
Yordan Yovchev
  Bulgaria
Jury Chechi
  Italy
Vault
details
Gervasio Deferr
  Spain
Jevgēņijs Saproņenko
  Latvia
Marian Drăgulescu
  Romania

Medalists - Women's EventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual all-around
details
Carly Patterson
  United States
Svetlana Khorkina
  Russia
Zhang Nan
  China
Team all-around
details
  Romania (ROU)
Oana Ban
Alexandra Eremia
Cătălina Ponor
Monica Roşu
Nicoleta Daniela Şofronie
Silvia Stroescu
  United States (USA)
Mohini Bhardwaj
Annia Hatch
Terin Humphrey
Courtney Kupets
Courtney McCool
Carly Patterson
  Russia (RUS)
Ludmila Ezhova
Svetlana Khorkina
Maria Krioutchkova
Anna Pavlova
Elena Zamolodchikova
Natalia Ziganshina
Balance beam
details
Cătălina Ponor
  Romania
Carly Patterson
  United States
Alexandra Eremia
  Romania
Floor exercises
details
Cătălina Ponor
  Romania
Nicoleta Daniela Şofronie
  Romania
Patricia Moreno
  Spain
Uneven bars
details
Émilie Le Pennec
  France
Terin Humphrey
  United States
Courtney Kupets
  United States
Vault
details
Monica Roşu
  Romania
Annia Hatch
  United States
Anna Pavlova
  Russia

Rhythmic gymnasticsEdit

TrampolineEdit

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Romania (ROU)43310
2  United States (USA)2619
3  Russia (RUS)2327
4  Ukraine (UKR)2013
5  Japan (JPN)1124
6  Italy (ITA)1113
7  Canada (CAN)1102
8  China (CHN)1034
9  Germany (GER)1012
  Spain (ESP)1012
11  France (FRA)1001
  Greece (GRE)1001
13  Bulgaria (BUL)0123
14  South Korea (KOR)0112
15  Latvia (LAT)0101
Totals (15 nations)18181854

Participating nationsEdit

A total of 252 gymnasts from 45 nations competed at the Athens Games.

ControversiesEdit

The gymnastics competition had scoring controversies, most prominently with the South Korean competitor Yang Tae-young.

The Korean team contested Tae-Young's parallel bars score after judges misidentified one of the elements of his routine. The effect of this misidentification was that the start value was recorded as 9.9 rather than 10. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the Korean Olympic Committee's appeal on the grounds that the appeal, coming after the end of competition, was made too late, and insufficient evidence of corruption or bad faith on the part of the judges was presented to overturn a strong preference for a "field of play" judgment rather than one made after the fact.[2][3]

Further problems occurred in the men's horizontal bar competition. After performing a routine with six release skills in the high bar event final (including four in a row – three variations of Tkatchev releases and a Gienger), the judges posted a score of 9.725, placing Nemov in third position with several athletes still to compete. This was actually a fair judging decision because he took a big step on landing which was a two tenths deduction. The crowd became unruly on seeing the results and interrupted the competition for almost fifteen minutes. Influenced by the crowd's fierce reaction, the judges reevaluated the routine and increased Nemov's score to 9.762.

The controversies led to the reconstruction of the scoring system which was implemented in 2006. The rule changes are credited as having encouraged more acrobatic activity and increasing difficulties on the high bar apparatus seen in later competitions.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gymnastics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  2. ^ CAS Arbitral Award: Yang Tae-Young v. FIG
  3. ^ http://www.american-gymnast.com/agtc/index.php/2010/01/22/was-there-another-mistake-made-in-the-2004-mens-olympic-all-around/
  4. ^ Emma John (7 August 2012). "London 2012: Gymnastic gold for true flying Dutchman Epke Zonderland". Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2012.

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