Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's uneven bars

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Women's uneven bars
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
1st, gold medalist(s) He Kexin  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nastia Liukin  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Yang Yilin  China
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Gymnastics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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Qualification   men   women

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Individual all-around men women
Vault men women
Floor men women
Pommel horse men
Rings men
Parallel bars men
Horizontal bar men
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Individual men women

Women's uneven bars competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held on August 18 at the Beijing National Indoor Stadium.

The eight competitors (with a maximum of two per nation) with the highest scores in qualifying proceeded to the women's uneven bars finals. There, each gymnast performed again; the scores from the final round (ignoring qualification) determined final ranking.


The final scores work as per the normal scoring procedure: the A score measures the difficulty of the routine and the B score measures how well it was executed. The B score has a maximum of 10.000 and is reduced for each deduction (for every error in the performance).

Position Gymnast Country A Score B Score Penalty Total
Gold medal icon.svg He Kexin  China 7.700 9.025 16.725
Silver medal icon.svg Nastia Liukin  United States 7.700 9.025 16.725
Bronze medal icon.svg Yang Yilin  China 7.700 8.950 16.650
4 Beth Tweddle  Great Britain 7.800 8.825 16.625
5 Anastasia Koval  Ukraine 7.300 9.075 16.375
6 Ksenia Semenova  Russia 7.400 8.925 16.325
7 Steliana Nistor  Romania 7.000 8.575 15.575
8 Dariya Zgoba  Ukraine 7.100 7.875 0.100 14.875


During the uneven bar finals Nastia Liukin and He Kexin had a tied score of 16.725, which was followed by a tiebreaking procedure.[1] In this procedure there are six judges who judge each competitor on a scale of 1-10. When all six scores are finalised, the highest and lowest eliminated and the remaining four are averaged.[1] The first tiebreaking procedure is determined by the B score, the execution score. Since Liukin and He tied with a B score of 9.025, the second tiebreak was required to determine a winner.[1] In this event, the lowest score given to each competitor is dropped. Before this, the remaining scores were:

1 2 3 4 Average
Nastia Liukin 9.1 9.0 9.0 9.0 9.025
He Kexin 9.1 9.1 9.0 8.9 9.025

When the next lowest scores are deducted, the following happens to the averages.[1]

1 2 3 4 Average
Nastia Liukin 9.1 9.0 9.0 9.0 9.033
He Kexin 9.1 9.1 9.0 8.9 9.066

Thus, since Nastia Liukin's average was lower after the second round of score elimination, He Kexin was declared the winner.[1] The results of this final have remained controversial, as many fans claim Yang Yilin was most deserving of the title, whereas others think of Nastia Liukin as the rightful winner or state that Great Britain's Beth Tweddle should have placed in the medals.

Qualified competitors[edit]

Position Gymnast A Score[2] B Score Penalty Total
1  Yang Yilin (CHN) 7.700 8.950 16.650
2  Ksenia Semenova (RUS) 7.400 9.075 16.475
3  Anastasia Koval (UKR) 7.300 9.025 16.325
4  Steliana Nistor (ROU) 7.300 8.675 15.975
5  Nastia Liukin (USA) 7.700 8.250 15.950
6  He Kexin (CHN) 7.500 8.225 15.725
7  Dariya Zgoba (UKR) 6.900 8.875 0.100 15.675
8  Beth Tweddle (GBR) 7.600 8.050 15.650


  1. ^ a b c d e Tough math leaves Liukin silver NBC Retrieved 2008-08-18
  2. ^ Scoring in artistic gymnastics is based on two separate scores that are then combined in order to come to the final score. The A score measures the difficulty of each element (and combinations of elements) within the routine, while the B score evaluates the performance, ie, the "execution, composition and artistry" of the routine. For further information, please see the Code of Points article.