Schedule & Results: Catch Up
Australia’s finest gymnasts will be looking to shine in South America’s first Olympic Games. While Australia is yet to score a medal in artistic gymnastics, dual Olympian Lauren Mitchell has come close. The West Australian was just 0.067 off a medal in the floor at London.
Women to match: Australia failed to qualify a Team for the Rio 2016 Games at the Test Event, with Larrissa Miller to represent Australia at the Games.
Four years ago at the London Olympics, Miller finished 10th in the Team event, 29th in the bars and 42nd in the floor. The Queensland-born athlete moved to Melbourne after the London 2012 Games to train at Waverly Gymnastics Club.
Australia failed to qualify a men's spot.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australia missed out on qualifying a team of five athletes at the 2015 World Championships and the Rio 2016 Test Event. after not finishing in the top 8 teams. They secured an individual women's spot at the event, with Larrissa Miller securing her spot at the National Championships in May.
Competition Format & Events
Men compete across six apparatus: Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar. Women compete in Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor.
Only 12 men's teams and 12 women's teams qualify for the Games. The maximum number of competitors on a team is five, with four competing on each event and three scores counting. The top eight teams advance to the final.
In addition, individual competitors from other countries may qualify, for a maximum of 98 men and 98 women.
The top 24 all-around gymnasts, maximum two per country, advance to the all-around final.
The top eight gymnasts on each individual apparatus, maximum two per country, advance to the finals. Gymnasts wishing to qualify to the vault final must show two vaults; only one counts toward team and all-around competition.
One panel of judges starts from 0, adding points for requirements, difficulty and connections. A second panel of judges starts from 10.0, and deducts for execution and artistry. The final score is determined by adding the difficulty score and the execution score. A top score is approximately between 14 and 16 points. Different from the past were a 10 was the perfect score.
Australia and Olympic Gymnastics - Artistic
The first Australian Olympic gymnasts competed in Melbourne in 1956. Australia has never won a medal in artistic gymnastics, with a best placing of fifth by Lauren Mitchell on the floor in London- just 0.067 off a medal. Australia also placed sixth in the women's artistic team event at the Beijing Olympics and seventh at Barcelona 1992 and Sydney 2000.
Joshua Jefferis became Australia’s greatest male all round gymnast when he finished 19th in London, bettering the result of his idol and mentor Philippe Rizzo who was 30th in Sydney.
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Did you know
- Gymnasts must be at least sixteen years of age, or turning sixteen within the calendar year.
- The beam is 5 metres long, 10 centimetres wide and 1.2 metres above the floor, used for routines involving leaps, turns and tumbling moves.
- Artistic gymnastics has been at every Olympic Games since Athens 1896. Rhythmic gymnastics made its first appearance in the 1984 Los Angeles Games while trampoline debuted in 2000.
- The bar is 2.75 metres high.
- The top bar in the parallel bars is 2.4 metres and the lower bar is 1.6 metres high.
Pre-Rio AUS Tally
12 (Days -2 to -1, 1-6, 9-12)
- Medal Events
14 (14 gold, 14 silver, 14 bronze)
- Total Athletes
196 (98 men & 98 women)
- AUS Athletes
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