Gymnastics at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Gymnastics
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Gymnastics (Artistic), Athens 2004.png Gymnastics (Rhythmic), Athens 2004.png Gymnastics (Trampoline), Athens 2004.png
Pictograms for artistic (left), rhythmic (center), and trampoline (right)
Venue Olympic Indoor Hall (artistic and trampoline)
Galatsi Olympic Hall (rhythmic)
Dates 14 – 29 August 2004
«2000 2008»
Gymnastics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Artistic
Qualification   men   women

Team all-around   men   women
Individual all-around men women
Vault men women
Floor men women
Pommel horse men
Rings men
Parallel bars men
Horizontal bar men
Uneven bars women
Balance beam women
Rhythmic
Group all-around women
Individual all-around women
Trampoline
Individual men women

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, three disciplines of gymnastics were contested: artistic gymnastics (August 14–23), rhythmic gymnastics (August 26–29) and trampoline (August 20–21). The artistic gymnastics and trampoline events were held at the Olympic Indoor Hall and the rhythmic gymnastics events were held at the Galatsi Olympic Hall.

Artistic gymnastics[edit]

Format of competition[edit]

The competition format was largely the same as at the 2000 Summer Olympics. All participating gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, participated in a qualification round. The results of this competition determined which teams and individuals participated in the remaining competitions, which included:

  • The team competition, in which the eight highest scoring teams from qualifications competed. For the first time, each team of six gymnasts could only have three gymnasts perform on each apparatus, and all three scores counted toward the team total.
  • The all-around competition, in which only the twenty-four highest scoring individuals in the all-around competed. For the first time, each country was limited to only two gymnasts in the all-around final.
  • The event finals, in which the eight highest scoring individuals on each apparatus competed. Each country was limited to two gymnasts in each apparatus final.

Medalists - Men's Events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team all-around
details
 Japan (JPN)
Takehiro Kashima
Hisashi Mizutori
Daisuke Nakano
Hiroyuki Tomita
Naoya Tsukahara
Isao Yoneda
 United States (USA)
Jason Gatson
Morgan Hamm
Paul Hamm
Brett McClure
Blaine Wilson
Guard Young
 Romania (ROU)
Marian Drăgulescu
Ilie Daniel Popescu
Dan Nicolae Potra
Răzvan Dorin Şelariu
Ioan Silviu Suciu
Marius Urzică
Individual all-around
details
Paul Hamm
 United States
Kim Dae-eun
 South Korea
Yang Tae-young
 South Korea
Floor exercise
details
Kyle Shewfelt
 Canada
Marian Drăgulescu
 Romania
Yordan Yovchev
 Bulgaria
Horizontal bar
details
Igor Cassina
 Italy
Paul Hamm
 United States
Isao Yoneda
 Japan
Parallel bars
details
Valeri Goncharov
 Ukraine
Hiroyuki Tomita
 Japan
Li Xiaopeng
 China
Pommel horse
details
Teng Haibin
 China
Marius Urzică
 Romania
Takehiro Kashima
 Japan
Rings
details
Dimosthenis Tampakos
 Greece
Yordan Yovchev
 Bulgaria
Jury Chechi
 Italy
Vault
details
Gervasio Deferr
 Spain
Jevgēņijs Saproņenko
 Latvia
Marian Drăgulescu
 Romania

Medalists - Women's Events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team all-around
details
 Romania (ROU)
Oana Ban
Alexandra Eremia
Cătălina Ponor
Monica Roşu
Nicoleta Daniela Şofronie
Silvia Stroescu
 United States (USA)
Mohini Bhardwaj
Annia Hatch
Terin Humphrey
Courtney Kupets
Courtney McCool
Carly Patterson
 Russia (RUS)
Ludmila Ezhova
Svetlana Khorkina
Maria Krioutchkova
Anna Pavlova
Elena Zamolodchikova
Natalia Ziganshina
Individual all-around
details
Carly Patterson
 United States
Svetlana Khorkina
 Russia
Zhang Nan
 China
Balance beam
details
Cătălina Ponor
 Romania
Carly Patterson
 United States
Alexandra Eremia
 Romania
Floor exercise
details
Cătălina Ponor
 Romania
Nicoleta Daniela Şofronie
 Romania
Patricia Moreno
 Spain
Uneven bars
details
Émilie Le Pennec
 France
Terin Humphrey
 United States
Courtney Kupets
 United States
Vault
details
Monica Roşu
 Romania
Annia Hatch
 United States
Anna Pavlova
 Russia

Rhythmic gymnastics[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Group all-around
details
 Russia (RUS)
Olesya Belugina
Olga Glatskikh
Tatiana Kurbakova
Natalia Lavrova
Yelena Posevina
Elena Murzina
 Italy (ITA)
Elisa Blanchi
Fabrizia D'Ottavio
Marinella Falca
Daniela Masseroni
Elisa Santoni
Laura Vernizzi
 Bulgaria (BUL)
Zhaneta Ilieva
Eleonora Kezhova
Zornitsa Marinova
Kristina Rangelova
Galina Tancheva
Vladislava Tancheva
Individual all-around
details
Alina Kabaeva
 Russia
Irina Tchachina
 Russia
Anna Bessonova
 Ukraine

Trampoline[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual
details
Yuri Nikitin
 Ukraine
Alexander Moskalenko
 Russia
Henrik Stehlik
 Germany
Women's individual
details
Anna Dogonadze
 Germany
Karen Cockburn
 Canada
Huang Shanshan
 China

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Romania (ROU) 4 3 3 10
2  United States (USA) 2 6 1 9
3  Russia (RUS) 2 3 2 7
4  Ukraine (UKR) 2 0 1 3
5  Italy (ITA) 1 1 1 3
6  Japan (JPN) 1 1 2 4
7  Canada (CAN) 1 1 0 2
8  China (CHN) 1 0 3 4
9  Germany (GER) 1 0 1 2
 Spain (ESP) 1 0 1 2
11  France (FRA) 1 0 0 1
 Greece (GRE) 1 0 0 1
13  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 2 3
14  South Korea (KOR) 0 1 1 2
15  Latvia (LAT) 0 1 0 1
Total 18 18 18 54

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 252 gymnasts from 45 nations competed at the Athens Games.

Controversies[edit]

The gymnastics competition had scoring controversies, most prominently with the South Korean competitor Yang Tae-young.

Yang finished third in the men's individual all-around competition. However on the parallel bars one of his elements was mistaken for a simpler skill and was given a lower Start Value than had been previously awarded in both the team qualifying and team finals sessions at the Olympics. If it had been valued at a 10.0 during the all-around, and the rest of the meet had proceeded the same way, Yang might have finished in first place. After reviewing the situation, International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) officials acknowledged that the SV for the routine had indeed been incorrectly calculated, and suspended the three judges responsible for the error (Oscar Buitrago Reyes of Colombia, Benjamin Bango of Spain, and the head judge George Beckstead of the United States) but ruled that there was no way to change the results after the meet had concluded.[1][2]

Further problems occurred in the men's horizontal bar competition when the scores awarded did not seem to match the routines performed. The situation came to a head when spectators in the arena reacted very strongly to a low score given to Russian Alexei Nemov, booing for 15 minutes and prompting the score to be reviewed. The boos subsided only when Nemov returned to the podium and personally appealed for calm so the rest of the competitors could complete their routines. The two judges who had given Nemov the lowest scores subsequently increased their scores without explanation before being ushered out by FIG officials.

The controversies led to the reconstruction of the scoring system which was implemented in 2006. The rule changes are credited as having encouraged more acrobatic activity and increasing difficulties on the high bar apparatus seen in later competitions.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marlen Garcia (August 22, 2004). "All around, it%27s a fiasco". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ "Full text of CAS decision" (PDF). Court of Arbitration for Sport. Oct 21, 2004. 
  3. ^ Emma John (7 August 2012). "London 2012: Gymnastic gold for true flying Dutchman Epke Zonderland". Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2012.