Benoît Caranobe

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Benoît Caranobe
Caranobe Benoît, French artistic gymnast.jpg
Personal information
Full name Benoît Caranobe
Country represented  France
Born (1980-06-12) June 12, 1980 (age 37)
Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Hometown Noisy-le-Grand, France
Height 164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior

Benoît Caranobe (born in Vitry-sur-Seine on June 12, 1980) is a French gymnast who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Caranobe was the first Frenchman to medal in the Individual All-Around competition since Marco Torrès won silver and Jean Gounot won bronze in said event at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.[1]

2004 Athens Olympics[edit]

In his first Olympic appearance, Benoît Caranobe placed 19th in the men's all around competition and helped the French men's team to a 9th-place finish in the team qualification, though not enough to make the team finals.[2]

2008 Beijing Olympics[edit]

Caranobe qualified to the all around finals in tenth place, 2.950 points behind the leader Yang Wei.[3] In the all-around finals, Caranobe finished in third place, ahead of medal favorites Hiroyuki Tomita, Fabian Hambüchen, and Yang Tae-Young.[4] His third-place finish is particularly surprising given that Benoît had placed only third at the French National Gymnastics championships.[2]

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