Gymnastics: Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021
Gymnastics: Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021
Gymnastics is one of five events that has been a part of every Olympic Games ever since Athens 1896. It is a test of strength, timing, precision, and perfection with concentration also playing a key part as the Gymnasts engage in technical routines with skilled proficiency.
The most decorated gymnast at the Olympic Games is Larisa Latynina. She represented the Soviet Union from 1956 to 1964 and claimed a stunning 18 medals (9 Gold, 5 Silver, 4 Bronze). The Soviet Union, with 184 medals (73 Gold, 67 Silver, 44 Bronze) is the most successful nation in Olympic Gymnastics.
Gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021
One of the biggest changes for the Gymnastics event at the Tokyo Olympics is that the Team all-around event will only permit each country to enter 4 gymnasts each for the men's and women's events. This is a drop from the 5 person teams permitted at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Top Gymnasts at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Simone Biles, who ran riot at the 2016 Games, will look to carry her impressive form to Tokyo. Biles will look to claim all gold medals after her 5 gold and one Bronze in Rio. By doing so, she will look to move closer to the all-time Olympic record for individual gymnastic medals. A repeat 5 gold will help the 24-year-old eclipse Latynina's gold medal haul.
Among Biles’ principal contenders will be Tang Xijing. The teenager claimed second place at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. Other names include Alice Kinsella, Alexa Moreno, and Angelina Melnikova.
The favorite in the men’s artistic gymnastic events is Nikita Nagornyy (2019 World Champion and 2016 Olympic medalist). As he debuted ‘The Nagornyy’ just a few months back, expect to see it at the Olympic Games too. Meanwhile, Kohei Uchimura of Japan will look to thrill his home fans and add to his 7 Olympic Medals.
Canada's double defending women's Trampoline gymnast, Rosie MacLennan, will seek to make it three in a row at the Tokyo Olympics. However, her slip at the Worlds has opened the door for the home favorite, Mori Hikaru.
On the men's side, names to watch out for include Ivan Litvinovich, Uladzislau Hancharou, and Dong Dong, who has claimed a medal in each of the last three Olympics.
Types of Gymnastics
There are three types of Gymnastics i.e. Artistic, Rhythmic, and Trampoline. In the Artistic competition, the men compete on six different apparatus, i.e. floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar- in Olympic Order. Meanwhile, the women compete on four different apparatus i.e. vault, bars, beam, floor- in Olympic Order.
Competition Format: Artistic Gymnastics
All Gymnastic routines are judged with an addition of the D-score (Difficulty) and the E-score (Execution). While the D-score remains pre-determined, the E-score goes a long way on the day of the performance.
In Artistic Gymnastics, all competitors start their journey with a qualifying round. It is from here that gymnasts qualify to the team final, the all-around final, and the respective event finals on the apparatus. None of the qualification scores get carried to the final events.
For the team all-around final, the 8 teams with the highest cumulative score i.e. the top three scores from six different gymnastic apparatus for men (four for women) make it to the final.
However, in the finals, things are much more open with each country only allowed to send three gymnasts to perform a routine on each apparatus. Also, as only three gymnasts will perform per apparatus and 18 routines for men and 12 routines for women will be considered, it means that the judges will omit no scores from the final consideration. This means that a bad landing, a fall, or a poor E-score could prove detrimental.
In the individual all-around event, the top 24 advances from qualification where the scores of efforts across all apparatus are taken into consideration. However, the condition of the top 24 implies that there should be only two gymnasts per nation in the final. For the finals of the individual apparatus events, the top 8 gymnasts qualify with the prerequisite of not more than two per country being applied here as well.
The higher qualified teams/individuals follow the Olympic Order for events, i.e. the top two teams or four individuals in the men's events start with the floor exercise. Meanwhile, the teams in five and six and individuals from 9-12 will begin the final with the rings. In women's events, the top individuals/team starts from the Vault.
Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics Format
Rhythmic gymnastics is one of two women-only Olympic events. The other being Synchronized Swimming. In this discipline, gymnasts are allowed to use a ribbon, ball, hoop, or clubs to enhance their routine on the floor.
This sport permits the use of music with vocals allowed to be part of 50% of an individual's four performances (one with each apparatus). In team events, five gymnasts step onto the 13x13 mat and give two displays with a combination of apparatus in play. Music with vocals can be part of one display.
An individual routine must be between 75-90 seconds; a team routine must be between 135-150 seconds. A performance going under or over the time limit results in a point penalty of 0.05. Gymnastics incur further point penalties if the ribbon gets entangled in the routine and if they drop the ball, club, or hoop. Another point deduction takes place if the hoop vibrates in the air.
In Trampoline, only 16 gymnasts per gender make it to the Games. From here, each gymnast displays two routines of which the first one has special requirements which do not differ per gymnast. The second routine lets them showcase their skills.
To advance to the final, the scores from each routine get added with the top 8 progressing. Here too, as in Artistic and Rhythmic, the scores from qualification aren't carried to the medal event.
Schedule for Gymnastics at the 2020-2021 Tokyo Olympics
The Artistic, Rhythmic, and Trampoline Gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics will begin with the men's Artistic qualification event on July 24 and end with the Women's Rhythmic Group all-around final on August 8.
|Men's Team all-around||July 24||July 26|
|Men's Individual all-around||July 24||July 28|
|Men's Floor||July 24||August 1|
|Men's Pommel Horse||July 24||August 1|
|Men's Rings||July 24||August 2|
|Men's Vault||July 24||August 2|
|Men's Parallel Bars||July 24||August 3|
|Men's High Bar||July 24||August 3|
|Women's Team all-around||July 25||July 27|
|Women's Individual all-around||July 25||July 29|
|Women's Vault||July 25||August 1|
|Women's Bars||July 25||August 1|
|Women's Beam||July 25||August 3|
|Women’s Floor||July 25||August 2|
|Women's Group all-around||August 7||August 8|
|Women's Individual all-around||August 6||August 7|
|Event||Qualification & Final|
|Men's Trampoline||July 31|
|Women's Trampoline||July 30|
Venue for Gymnastics at Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021
All Gymnastics events for the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021 will take place at the Ariake Gymnastics Center.
|Venue||Ariake Gymnastics Center|
|Date||July 24- August 8|
|Channel||Peacock TV (US), BBC iPlayer (UK), Eurosport Player (Europe), TSN (Canada), Channel 7 (Australia), Sony LIV (India)|
|Total Players competing in Gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics||324 ( 210 women and 114 men)|
|Most medals in the sport (Gold)||Soviet Union 184 (73 Gold, 67 Silver, 44 Bronze)|