Artistic gymnastics events commenced on Saturday, July 24th 2021 as the men’s qualification rounds took place at Ariake Gymnastics Center in Tokyo. The competition took place over the course of the day, starting at 10:00 AM JST (Japan Standard Time) with men’s sub-division 1. Sub-division 2 started at 2:30 PM and sub-division 3 at 7:30 PM. At the end of the day, the top 24 gymnasts will qualify for the all-around final and the top 8 competitors on each apparatus will also advance. As well, the highest scoring 8 teams will move on to the team finals.
Individual All-Around Results
Daiki Hashimoto from Japan earned the highest individual score with a total of 88.531 and he has earned a qualifying spot in the all-around finals along with his teammate Takeru Kitazono who finished 7th with a score of 85.948. As well, Brody Malone and Sam Mikulak from the United States have qualified, taking the 9th and 10th spots. Rene Cournoyer of Canada finished 55th, not qualifying for an all-around position.
The full list of individuals who have qualified for the all-around final are as follows:
1. Daiki Hashimoto (Japan) – 88.531 7. Takeru Kitazono (Japan) – 85.948
2. Nikita Nagornyy (ROC) – 87.897 8. Ahmet Onder (Turkey) – 85.665
3. Ruoteng Xiao (China) – 87.732 9. Brody Malone (United States) – 85.298
4. Wei Sun (China) – 87.298 10. Samuel Mikulak (United States) – 84.664
5. Joe Fraser (Great Britain) – 86.298 11. Adem Asil (Turkey) – 84.524
6. Artur Dalaloyan (ROC) – 85.957 12. James Hall (Great Britain) – 84.431
13. Chih Kai Lee (Chinese Taipei) – 84.332 19. Benjamin Gischard (Switzerland) – 82.498
14. Caio Souza (Brazil) – 84.298 20. Philipp Herder (Germany) – 82.432
15. Lukas Dauser (Germany) – 83.731 21. Junho Lee (Korea) – 82.398
16. Chia-Hung Tang (Chinese Taipei) – 82.932 22. Eddy Yusof (Switzerland) – 81.898
17. Petro Pakhniuk (Ukraine) – 82.731 23. Illia Kovtun (Ukraine) – 81.581
18. Milad Karimi (Kazakhstan) – 82.565 24. Diogo Soares (Brazil) – 81.332
Taking a look at the team scores, the top 8 who have qualified are Japan, China, ROC (Russian Olympic Committee), United States, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, and Ukraine. Brazil and Chinese Taipei are the first and second reserves. Japan had the highest team score at 262.251 while Ukraine managed to take the 8th spot with a score of 247.492.
Individual Apparatus Results
The highest scoring gymnast on the men’s floor exercise was Artem Dolgopyat of Israel who scored a solid 15.200 on this apparatus. This is Dolgopyat’s first Olympic appearance, although he has a history of excelling on floor as he has won silver medals at the World Championships in both 2017 and 2019. Second place went to Nikita Nagornyy (ROC) and third to Sunghyun Ryu (Korea). Milad Karimi from Kazakhstan took the 8th and final spot for this apparatus final, beating American Shane Wiskus by 0.033 of a point.
On this apparatus, Chih Kai Lee from Chinese Taipei earned the 1st place spot with a score of 15.266, with second place going to Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland and third place to Kohei Kameyama from Japan. David Belyavskiy competing for the ROC claimed the 8th spot with a score of 14.733.
Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece took the lead for this apparatus, scoring 15.333. Petrounias is a specialist on the rings, having won gold medals in this event at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2015, 2017, and 2018. Coming second to Petrounias was Yang Liu from China with a score of 15.300, and third place went to France’s Samir Aït Saïd who scored 15.066.
Taking first place on the vault was Jeahwan Shin from the Republic of Korea, followed by Artur Davtyan of Armenia and Nikita Nagornyy from the Russian Olympic Committee. Davtyan’s second vault scored a 9.400 on execution out of a possible 10 points and was the highest execution score of the night out of all the men who competed on vault. Shin in 1st place earned a total of 14.866 points, while Ahmet Onder of Turkey who secured the 8th spot for this apparatus final scored 14.466, showing quite a small margin of difference and a close competition on the vault.
On this event, China’s Jingyuan Zou came first scoring a very high 16.166. The second-place athlete from Germany, Lukas Dauser, scored 15.733 and third place went to Hao You from China with a score of 15.666. Claiming the last spot on this apparatus is David Belyavskiy from Russia. Belyavskiy is competing in his second Olympics, having won a bronze medal on parallel bars in Rio in 2016 and a silver team medal at the same games.
As well as earning the individual highest score, Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto also scored highest on the horizontal bar, earning 15.033 points. At just 19 years old, Hashimoto is competing in his first Olympics. His only experience on the world gymnastics stage before this summer was at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. He was followed by Milad Karimi (Kazakhstan) in second place and Tin Srbic (Croatia) in third place. The final spot for this apparatus was claimed by Bart Deurloo from the Netherlands who scored 14.400
The men’s artistic gymnastics will continue on Monday, July 26th when the men’s team final is scheduled to take place at 7 PM JST. The women’s events begin on July 25th with their qualification round. Stay tuned to Unbenched for more coverage of the 2021 Olympic gymnastics!