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On day 2 of the apparatus finals, the Ariake Gymnastics Centre welcomed the gymnasts competing on rings and vault for the men and on floor for the women.
Bronze for the European Champion on rings
With the 2 Chinese competitors, You Hao and Liu Yang, scoring 15.300 and 15.500 respectively, the pressure was on defending Champion Eleftherios Petrounias to be absolutely perfect. The Greek Lord of the Rings did a fabulous routine but needed a hop to correct the landing of his dismount. 15.200 and a bronze medal to add to his incredible collection:
I am full of emotions. I have been through a lot for the last few years and I am very, very happy with the result. It could have been better, but I did everything I could in the routine. There is always room to be better but overall I have an Olympic medal, so I am happy. Next time in Paris, it will be better.
Samir Ait Said (FRA) ended fourth with 14.900 just ahead of Ibrahim Colak (TUR), Denis Abliazin (ROC) and Adem Asil (TUR). 2012 Olympic Champion Arthur Zanetti (BRA) attempted a triple tuck dismount but couldn’t get it round, finishing 8th.
GOLD Liu Yang (CHN) 15.500
SILVER You Hao (CHN) 15.300
BRONZE Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) 15.200
Ferrari’s silver lining
The floor final promised to be a show of strength and grace. Jennifer Gadirova (GBR) replacing Simone Biles (USA) meant that both Gadirova twins made this final. USA’s Jade Carey showed the most difficult tumbling to take the title while Vanessa Ferrari performed a gorgeously artistic routine to the tunes of Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Con te partiro’ to clinch the silver medal. Redemption for the fierce Italian who placed fourth on this event both in London 2012 and in Rio 2016:
I am very happy with how it turned out. I obviously wanted to go for gold but I am very happy with how it turned out. I did everything I could and am so happy with silver.
For the bronze medal, Murakami Mai (JPN), the 2017 World Champion, tied with Angelina Melnikova who earned her third medal of these Olympics after team gold and all-around bronze:
I am extremely happy. I was very nervous before this event but I really wanted to finish strong. I don’t even realise this is my third medal. I can’t believe it is my third medal at the Olympics.
Twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova claimed the 6th and 7th spot, finishing a fabulous Olympic experience for them. 2021 European all-around Champion Viktoria Listunova (ROC) went out of bounds and then fell on her next tumbling pass for an 8th place finish.
GOLD Jade Carey (USA) 14.366
SILVER Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) 14.200
BRONZE Murakami Mai (JPN) & Angelina Melnikova (ROC) 14.166
Abliazin scores third vault silver in a row
Denis Abliazin certainly has a thing going with vault Olympic vault finals. Third time lucky it unfortunately wasn’t after a tie break gave the gold to Shih Jeahwan (KOR) and bumped Abliazin to silver. But it’s still a tremendous feat .. three silver medals in a row:
I'm happy because it's my third Olympics and third vault final and third medal. I would love to have an individual gold medal, but it is what it is.
Artur Davtyan put Armenia on the Tokyo 2020 medal table as he earned the bronze medal for his Kasamatsu double twist and Dragulescu vaults:
All of my competitors were very strong, and the start value for all of us was very strong. The landings basically decided everything for us. In qualifications one of my vaults was better and I stuck the landing. If I could just have repeated the same stuck landing from the first day I could have won gold, so I'll be working on that.
Nikita Nagornyy took some steps to drop him to 5th place. First up, Adem Asil (TUR) showed a fabulous piked Dragulescu. Unfortunately he stumbled on landing his second vault, taking him out of medal contention. Compatriot Ahmet Onder, suffering from a shoulder injury, vaulted to 7th place.
GOLD Shih Jeahwan (KOR) 14.783
SILVER Denis Abliazin (ROC) 14.783
BRONZE Artur Davtyan (ARM) 14.733
Find the full results on the FIG website: https://live.gymnastics.sport/schedule.php?idevent=15571
The Tokyo Olympics continue tomorrow with the third and last day of event finals, featuring the women on beam and the men on parallel bars and high bar.