Denis Ablyazin

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Mikhailovich and the family name is Ablyazin.
Denis Ablyazin
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Personal information
Full name Denis Mikhailovich Ablyazin
Country represented  Russia
Born (1992-08-03) August 3, 1992 (age 24)
Penza, Penza Oblast, Russia
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Club Dinamo Penza
Gym "Burtases"
Head coach(es) Anatoly Zabelin
Assistant coach(es) Sergei Starkin

Denis Mikhailovich Ablyazin (Russian: Денис Михайлович Аблязин, born 3 August 1992) is a Russian artistic gymnast. He is a five-time medalist at the Olympic Games, At the 2012 London Olympics he won silver in vault and bronze in floor. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, he won silver with the Russian men's team, a silver in vault and bronze in rings.

He is also two-time European vault champion (2013 and 2014), the 2014 European champion on floor and rings and the 2014 World Champion on floor.

Personal life[edit]

Ablyazin was born on 3 August 1992 in Penza, Russia.[1] As a child, he practiced ice hockey with the goal of becoming a hockey player. He also tried cycling and playing football.

In September 2016, Ablyazin married Ksenia Semyonova, a Russian former gymnast who won two World titles. On January 21, 2017, their son, Yaroslav Ablyazin, was born.


After trying multiple sports as a child, Ablyazin finally chose artistic gymnastics, the sport he excelled in the most. The sport truly appealed to him after he brought home a gold medal from a youth version of the sports festival, Spartakiad, hosted by his primary school in Chelyabinsk, Russia.


In March, Ablyazin competed at Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany. In the event finals he placed fourth on floor with a score of 14.925 and third on vault with a score of 16.050. In April, he competed at the European Championships in Berlin, Germany, where he finished sixth in the floor exercise final, scoring 15.250.

In October, Ablyazin competed at the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. He contributed scores of a 15.033 on floor, 15.000 on rings and 16.266 on vault toward the Russian team's fourth-place finish. Individually, he placed fifth in the vault final with a score of 16.174, after qualifying in ninth place and being brought in as a reserve when Marian Dragulescu of Romania withdrew from the competition due to injury.


In May, Ablyazin was selected, alongside Emin Garibov, David Belyavskiy, Anton Golotsutskov and Aleksandr Balandin to represent Russia at the 2012 European Championships in Montpellier, France. He contributed scores of a 15.266 on floor, 15.241 on rings and 16.066 on vault toward Russia's second-place finish. He won two bronze medals in the rings and vault finals, scoring a 15.433 on rings and 16.062 on vault.

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Ablyazin competed for the national team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men's artistic team all-around. He was the only Russian male artistic gymnast to win two medals, a bronze on floor and a silver on vault at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1]


In March, Ablyazin competed at the World Cup, which was held in France, where he won gold on rings and placed second on floor. In April, he won the gold medal in the vault final at the 2013 European Championships in Moscow, Russia, scoring 15.408.

In July, Ablyazin, alongside the Russian team (Nikolai Kuksenkov, Emin Garibov, David Belyavskiy and Nikita Ignatyev) competed at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, where they won the gold medal, ahead of Ukraine and Japan. In the event finals, he placed second both on rings and vault.

In September, Ablyazin competed at the World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, but failed to qualify to any event finals.


At the start of the season, Ablyazin competed at the World Cup in Cottbus, Germany and placed first in the rings and floor finals. In May, he and his teammates (Nikolai Kuksenkov, Aleksandr Balandin, Nikita Ignatyev, David Belyavskiy), competed at the 2014 European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ablyazin contributed scores of 15.833 on floor, 15.500 on rings, 15.366 on vault toward Russia's first-place finish with a total score of 267.959, ahead of Great Britain. Individually, he placed first in all events he qualified, winning the gold medal on floor with a score of 15.700, on rings, scoring 15.800 (tied with teammate Aleksandr Balandin) and on vault with a total score of 15.150.

Ablyazin won a total of four gold medals making him the most successful gymnast in the entire 2014 European Championships.[2] He was the first gymnast to win four gold medals in a single European Championships since Marian Dragulescu in 2004.

In October, he competed at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, China and helped the Russian team to a 5th-place finish. In the event finals, Ablyazin won his first gold medal on floor, scoring 15.750, and took bronze in rings with a score of 15.700. He also qualified to the vault final, but fell on both vaults and finished in 8th place.


On May 25–29, Ablyazin (together with David Belyavskiy, Nikolai Kuksenkov, Nikita Ignatyev and Nikita Nagornyy) won Russia the Team gold at the 2016 European Championships, he qualified to 2 apparatus finals taking silver in Ring and finished 7th in Vault.

On August 6–16, Ablyazin competed with the Russian Team (together with Ivan Stretovich, Nikita Nagornyy, Nikolai Kuksenkov and David Belyavskiy) at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he contributed scores of 15.100 in floor, 15.700 in rings, 15.600 vault; helping the Russian men's team win the silver medal with a total of 271.453 points.[3] Ablyazin also qualified to two apparatus finals where he won bronze in rings and silver in vault behind Ri Se-gwang.[4]

Competitive history[edit]

Ablyazin, bronze medalist in men's rings at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Ablyazin, silver medalist in men's vault at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Year Event Team AA FX PH SR VT PB HB
2011 National Championships 1st 3rd 7th
European Championships 6th
World Championships 4th 5th
2012 National Championships 2nd 1st 3rd 1st
European Championships 2nd 6th 3rd 3rd
Olympic Games 6th 3rd 5th 2nd
2013 National Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 5th 1st
Universiade 1st 7th 2nd 2nd
World Championships
2014 National Championships 1st 1st 2nd 1st
European Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st
World Championships 5th 1st 3rd 8th
2015 National Championships 3rd 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 2nd 2nd
World Championships 4th 6th
2016 National Championships 1st 2nd 1st 1st
European Championships 1st 2nd 7th
Olympic Games 2nd 3rd 2nd


  1. ^ a b "Denis Ablyazin". London 2012 Olympics. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Final Day: Three European Titles for Denis Abliazin, four for Russia". gymmedia. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Russian men's gymnastics team win silver in multidiscipline competitions". Itar-Tass. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Ablyazin tales silver Olympic medal on vault". Itar-Tass. Retrieved 2016-08-15. 

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