Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Gymnastics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg
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
Gymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg
Team all-around women
Individual all-around women
Gymnastics (trampoline) pictogram.svg
Individual men women

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, three different gymnastics disciplines were contested: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline. The artistic gymnastics events were held at the Beijing National Indoor Stadium on August 9–19. The rhythmic gymnastics events were held at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium on August 21–24. The trampoline events were also held at the Beijing National Indoor Stadium on August 16–19.

Competition schedule[edit]

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Artistic gymnastics[edit]

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Date Time Event
Saturday, August 9, 2008 12:00 - 14:00 Men's Qualification - Subdivision 1
16:00 - 18:00 Men's Qualification - Subdivision 2
20:00 - 22:00 Men's Qualification - Subdivision 3
Sunday, August 10, 2008 10:00 - 11:30 Women's Qualification - Subdivision 1
13:30 - 15:00 Women's Qualification - Subdivision 2
17:00 - 18:30 Women's Qualification - Subdivision 3
20:00 - 21:30 Women's Qualification - Subdivision 4
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 10:00 - 12:30 Men's Team Final
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 10:30 - 12:00 Women's Team Final
Thursday, August 14, 2008 11:00 - 13:30 Men's Individual All-Around Final
Friday, August 15, 2008 11:15 - 13:00 Women's Individual All-Around Final
Sunday, August 17, 2008 18:00 - 18:30 Men's Floor Exercise Final
18:46 - 19:15 Women's Vault Final
19:33 - 20:00 Men's Pommel Horse Final
20:19 - 20:45 Women's Floor Exercise Final
Monday, August 18, 2008 18:00 - 18:30 Men's Rings Final
18:46 - 19:15 Women's Uneven Bars Final
19:33 - 20:00 Men's Vault Final
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 18:00 - 18:30 Men's Parallel Bars Final
18:46 - 19:15 Women's Balance Beam Final
19:33 - 20:00 Men's Horizontal Bar Final

Rhythmic gymnastics[edit]

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Date Time Event
Thursday, August 21, 2008 18:00 - 20:30 Individual All-Around Qualification
20:30 - 21:30 Group All-Around Qualification
Friday, August 22, 2008 18:00 - 20:30 Individual All-Around Qualification
20:30 - 21:30 Group All-Around Qualification
Saturday, August 23, 2008 18:00 - 20:00 Individual All-Around Final
Sunday, August 24, 2008 11:00 - 12:15 Group All-Around Final

Medal summary[edit]

Artistic gymnastics[edit]

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team all-around
 China (CHN)
Chen Yibing
Huang Xu
Li Xiaopeng
Xiao Qin
Yang Wei
Zou Kai
 Japan (JPN)
Takehiro Kashima
Takuya Nakase
Makoto Okiguchi
Koki Sakamoto
Hiroyuki Tomita
Kōhei Uchimura
 United States (USA)
Alexander Artemev
Raj Bhavsar
Joseph Hagerty
Jonathan Horton
Justin Spring
Kai Wen Tan
Individual all-around
 Yang Wei (CHN)  Kōhei Uchimura (JPN)  Benoît Caranobe (FRA)
Floor exercise
 Zou Kai (CHN)  Gervasio Deferr (ESP)  Anton Golotsutskov (RUS)
Horizontal bar
 Zou Kai (CHN)  Jonathan Horton (USA)  Fabian Hambüchen (GER)
Parallel bars
 Li Xiaopeng (CHN)  Yoo Won-Chul (KOR)  Anton Fokin (UZB)
Pommel horse
 Xiao Qin (CHN)  Filip Ude (CRO)  Louis Smith (GBR)
 Chen Yibing (CHN)  Yang Wei (CHN)  Oleksandr Vorobiov (UKR)
 Leszek Blanik (POL)  Thomas Bouhail (FRA)  Anton Golotsutskov (RUS)

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team all-around
 China (CHN)
Cheng Fei
Deng Linlin
He Kexin
Jiang Yuyuan
Li Shanshan
Yang Yilin
 United States (USA)
Shawn Johnson
Nastia Liukin
Chellsie Memmel
Samantha Peszek
Alicia Sacramone
Bridget Sloan
 Romania (ROU)
Andreea Acatrinei
Gabriela Drăgoi
Andreea Grigore
Sandra Izbaşa
Steliana Nistor
Anamaria Tămârjan
Individual all-around
 Nastia Liukin (USA)  Shawn Johnson (USA)  Yang Yilin (CHN)
Balance beam
 Shawn Johnson (USA)  Nastia Liukin (USA)  Cheng Fei (CHN)
Floor exercise
 Sandra Izbaşa (ROU)  Shawn Johnson (USA)  Nastia Liukin (USA)
Uneven bars
 He Kexin (CHN)  Nastia Liukin (USA)  Yang Yilin (CHN)
 Hong Un Jong (PRK)  Oksana Chusovitina (GER)  Cheng Fei (CHN)
The group of top six AA female qualifiers face the judges before the start of competition.

Rhythmic gymnastics[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Group all-around
 Russia (RUS)
Margarita Aliychuk
Anna Gavrilenko
Tatiana Gorbunova
Elena Posevina
Darya Shkurihina
Natalia Zueva
 China (CHN)
Cai Tongtong
Chou Tao
Lü Yuanyang
Sui Jianshuang
Sun Dan
Zhang Shuo
 Belarus (BLR)
Olesya Babushkina
Anastasia Ivankova
Ksenia Sankovich
Zinaida Lunina
Glafira Martinovich
Alina Tumilovich
Individual all-around
 Yevgeniya Kanayeva (RUS)  Inna Zhukova (BLR)  Anna Bessonova (UKR)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual
 Lu Chunlong (CHN)  Jason Burnett (CAN)  Dong Dong (CHN)
Women's individual
 He Wenna (CHN)  Karen Cockburn (CAN)  Ekaterina Khilko (UZB)

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China (CHN) 11 2 5 18
2  United States (USA) 2 6 2 10
3  Russia (RUS) 2 0 2 4
4  Romania (ROU) 1 0 1 2
5  North Korea (PRK) 1 0 0 1
 Poland (POL) 1 0 0 1
7  Canada (CAN) 0 2 0 2
 Japan (JPN) 0 2 0 2
9  Belarus (BLR) 0 1 1 2
 France (FRA) 0 1 1 2
 Germany (GER) 0 1 1 2
12  Croatia (CRO) 0 1 0 1
 South Korea (KOR) 0 1 0 1
 Spain (ESP) 0 1 0 1
15  Ukraine (UKR) 0 0 2 2
 Uzbekistan (UZB) 0 0 2 2
17  Great Britain (GBR) 0 0 1 1
Total 18 18 18 54


Champions Gala[edit]

The traditional Gymnastics Champions Gala took place on August 20 at the National Indoor Stadium. Participants are mainly selected from the 2008 Olympic trampoline and artistic gymnastics, as well as medalists from world championships. In addition, some Chinese pop stars appeared in the Gala.

The performances included Olympic disciplines such as floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars, horizontal bar, uneven bars, balance beam, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline gymnastics; non-Olympic discipline such as tumbling and acrobatic; and art performances such as dancing, martial art, instrument performance and chorus.

Age controversy[edit]

After initially accepting the ages of all members of the Chinese women's gymnastic team, on August 21, 2008 the IOC. instructed the International Gymnastics Federation, known as the FIG., to investigate allegations that China's dual gold medal-winning gymnast He Kexin was underaged and therefore ineligible to compete during the Olympic gymnastics competition.[1] The FIG was instructed to take up the issue with the Chinese gymnastics federation and report back to the IOC later on Friday, August 22.[2] Currently, the FIG requires that all gymnasts be at least 16 years of age in the Olympic calendar year.[1] The IOC had initially accepted the ages of all the Chinese participants, but new documents surfaced placing He Kexin's birth year at 1994, not 1992 as initially reported on her Chinese passport.[1] This would place her at age 14 and ineligible for competition.[1] According to online sports registration lists in China, four members of the six-person team — He Kexin, Yang Yilin, Jiang Yuyuan, and Deng Linlin — would be underage.[2] The FIG, however, previously said that those gymnasts were eligible and that the ages on their passports were correct.[2]

The investigation was initiated after an American blogger and hacker identified as Mike Walker allegedly discovered a cached official Excel spreadsheet showing He Kexin's birthday as January 1, 1994.[1][3] His discoveries support earlier reports from The New York Times[2] and other online bloggers regarding He Kexin's age discrepancy. Earlier, several bloggers found links to news stories and photo captions - in both English and Chinese published in 2007 and in early 2008 in several publications, including the state-run Xinhua news service, which cited He Kexin's age as 13.[1] One cached version of a story published in May 2008 referred to her as being aged 14.[1]

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said on Sunday, August 24 that "at first glance", the paperwork supplied by the Chinese Federation supported the position, that all six members of its gold medal women's gymnastics team were old enough to compete at the Beijing Games. However, the FIG continued to investigate the age controversy, and requested additional information on every member of the team except for Cheng Fei.

On October 1, 2008, the FIG ended their second investigation and concluded that He Kexin and her teammates from the 2008 Olympic games were old enough to compete.[4] Though some American media outlets have voiced doubts about the decision,[5][6][7] the gymnasts have been cleared by the FIG of any wrongdoing.

In 2014, North Korean female gymnast Cha Yong-hwa was a subject of disciplinary hearing because of false passport used to falsify her age. The FIG decided to withdraw her license and nullify all her results, including the results from 2008 Olympics.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hutcheon, Stephen (2008-08-22). "IOC calls for investigation into gymnast's age". Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d Macur, Juliet (2008-08-22). "I.O.C. Asks for Inquiry of Chinese Gymnasts". Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ Tim Reid (2008-08-22). "International Olympic Committee launches probe into He Kexin's age". London: Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  4. ^ The Associated Press (October 1, 2008). "Ruling Backs Chinese Gymnists". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  5. ^ Brennan, Christine (October 1, 2008). "Maybe now China will quit cheating". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  6. ^ Gillon, Doug (2 October 2008). "China cleared of age concerns but questions left over Sydney squad". The Herald. Retrieved 27 October 2008. 
  7. ^ Dahlberg, Tim (27 September 2008). "Wasting time looking for underage gymnasts". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 21 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "FIG bans North Korean gymnast for age cheating". 

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