Gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's horizontal bar

The men's horizontal bar competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics was held at the North Greenwich Arena on 28 July and 7 August.[1] It featured 70 competitors from 33 nations.[2]

Men's horizontal bar
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Epke Zonderland
VenueNorth Greenwich Arena 1
Dates28 July (qualifying)
7 August (final)
Competitors70 from 33 nations
Winning score16.533
1st place, gold medalist(s) Epke Zonderland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Fabian Hambüchen
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Zou Kai
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Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands won the event, his nation's first victory in the horizontal bar and first medal in any Olympic gymnastics event since 1928. Fabian Hambüchen of Germany took silver, while Zou Kai of China earned bronze. Hambüchen and Zou—the bronze and gold medalists, respectively, in 2008—were the 11th and 12th men to win multiple medals in the event.

Background edit

This was the 23rd appearance of the men's horizontal bar event in the Olympics. Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, and Slovakia each made their debut in the event. The United States made its 21st appearance, the most of any nation, having missed only the inaugural 1896 competition and the boycotted 1980 Games.

Five of the eight finalists from 2008 returned: gold medalist Zou Kai of China, silver medalist Jonathan Horton of the United States, bronze medalist (and 2004 finalist) Fabian Hambüchen of Germany, seventh-place finisher Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands, and eighth-place finisher Yann Cucherat of France.[2]

Competition format edit

The top eight competitors in the qualification phase (with a limit of two per country) advanced to the apparatus final. Qualification scores were then erased, with only final-round scores counting.[3]

Final results edit

Rank Gymnast Nation D Score E Score Pen. Total
  Epke Zonderland   Netherlands 7.900 8.633 16.533
  Fabian Hambüchen   Germany 7.500 8.900 16.400
  Zou Kai   China 7.900 8.466 16.366
4 Zhang Chenglong   China 7.700 8.566 16.266
5 Danell Leyva   United States 7.200 8.633 15.833
6 Jonathan Horton   United States 6.800 8.666 15.466
7 Emin Garibov   Russia 7.100 8.233 15.333
8 Kim Ji-hoon   South Korea 7.100 8.033 15.133

References edit

  1. ^ Gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Olympics Archived 2012-09-18 at
  2. ^ a b "Horizontal Bar, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  3. ^ Format Competition – Artistic Gymnastic Archived 2012-05-09 at the Wayback Machine