Gymnastics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's rings

The men's rings competition was one of eight events for male competitors of the artistic gymnastics discipline contested in the gymnastics at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. The qualification and final rounds took place on August 14 and August 22 at the O.A.C.A. Olympic Indoor Hall. There were 77 competitors from 28 nations, with nations competing in the team event having up to 5 gymnasts and other nations having up to 2 gymnasts.[1] The event was won by Dimosthenis Tampakos of Greece, the nation's first victory in the rings since 1896 and second overall. Yordan Yovchev of Bulgaria took silver, while Jury Chechi of Italy earned bronze. All three men had previously won a medal in the event; they were the 9th, 10th, and 11th men to win multiple rings medals.

Men's rings
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Athens Olympic Indoor Hall - exterior.jpg
O.A.C.A. Olympic Indoor Hall
VenueO.A.C.A. Olympic Indoor Hall
Dates14 August (qualifying)
22 August (final)
Competitors77 from 28 nations
Winning score9.862
1st place, gold medalist(s) Dimosthenis Tampakos
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Yordan Yovchev
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Jury Chechi
← 2000
2008 →


This was the 21st 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). Five of the eight finalists from 2000 returned: silver medalist Dimosthenis Tampakos of Greece, bronze medalist Yordan Yovchev of Bulgaria, fourth-place finisher Yang Wei of China, fifth-place finisher Ivan Ivankov of Belarus, and eighth-place finisher Roman Zozulya of Ukraine. Also returning was 1996 gold medalist Jury Chechi of Italy, who had missed the 2000 Games due to injury and was attempting a comeback at the age of 35. Yovchev had won the world championship in 2001, finished second in 2002, and shared the championship with Tampakos in 2003.[1]

Colombia, Malaysia, and Tunisia each made their debut in the men's rings. The United States made its 19th appearance, most of any nation; the Americans had missed only the inaugural 1896 rings and the boycotted 1980 Games.

Competition formatEdit

The 1996 gymnastics competition had introduced the "7–6–5" format, in which each team had 7 members, designated 6 for each apparatus, and had 5 count for team scores. In 2000, this was reduced across the board to a "6–5–4" format; the 2004 competition kept this format. Further, while in 1996 all 7 team members could compete on each apparatus for individual purposes, in 2000 and 2004 only the 5 designated for that apparatus competed. The 2000 competition had also eliminated the compulsory exercises; only voluntary exercises were done on each apparatus. The qualifying round scores were used for qualification for the team all-around, individual all-around, and apparatus finals.

The top eight gymnasts, with a limit of two per nation, advanced to the final. Non-finalists were ranked 9th through 80th based on preliminary score. The preliminary score had no effect on the final; once the eight finalists were selected, their ranking depended only on the final exercise.[1][2]


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 14 August 2004 Qualifying
Sunday, 22 August 2004 22:14 Final



Seventy-seven gymnasts competed in the rings event in the artistic gymnastics qualification round on August 14. The eight highest scoring gymnasts advanced to the final on August 22.


Rank Gymnast Nation Start
  United States   Kazakhstan   Australia   Spain   Brazil   China Penalty Total
  Dimosthenis Tampakos   Greece 10.00 9.85 9.90 9.90 9.85 9.75 9.85 9.862
  Yordan Yovchev   Bulgaria 10.00 9.85 9.90 9.80 9.85 9.85 9.85 9.850
  Yuri Chechi   Italy 10.00 9.80 9.80 9.85 9.85 9.80 9.80 9.812
4 Hiroyuki Tomita   Japan 10.00 9.80 9.80 9.85 9.80 9.80 9.75 9.800
5 Matteo Morandi   Italy 10.00 9.80 9.80 9.75 9.80 9.80 9.80 9.800
Pierre Yves Beny   France 10.00 9.80 9.80 9.80 9.75 9.80 9.80 9.800
7 Alexander Safoshkin   Russia 10.00 9.75 9.85 9.75 9.75 9.70 9.75 9.750
8 Andreas Schweizer   Switzerland 10.00 9.70 9.75 9.75 9.75 9.75 9.70 9.737


  1. ^ a b c "Rings, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  2. ^ Official Report, Results Book for Artistic Gymnastics.