Gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics will see three forms, Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline. Gymnastics have been contested since the start of the modern Olympics in 1896. For the first 32 years, only men were allowed to compete. Women’s events were introduced in 1928 in artistic gymnastics. Rhythmic gymnastics was introduced at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, while trampoline made its debut in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Artistic Gymnastics on the women’s side will see four different events take place; the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. On the men’s side, six events will take place, including the vault, floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and horizontal bars. The individual all-around title, as well as the team all-around title, will also be up for grabs for both men and women.
Tokyo Olympics Gymnastics Preview
Artistic gymnastics this year will see Simone Biles, one of the greatest gymnasts in the world return to defend her all-around title. She will be leading a strong US Team comprising Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum, while MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey will go as individual specialists.
Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, Ellie Black of Canada, Tang Xijing of China, Angelina Melnikova of Russia are just some of the names that will be competing at the Tokyo Olympics which will make the competition intense this year.
On the men’s side, even though Kohei Uchimura will not be seen defending the all-around title, the competition is no less. Nikita Nagornyy, the 2019 World Champion from Russia is a favourite to claim the all-around title this year, but his teammate Artur Dalaloyan will provide him stiff competition. Xiao Ruoteng of China, Kaya Kazuma of Japan and Kitazono Takeru are just some world champions who will also be looking to bag the all-around title.
Sam Mikulak will be leading a strong US Men’s team as they hope to finish on the podium this year. USA, ROC, China, Japan and Great Britain are favourites to finish on the podium in the team all-around events this year.
Tokyo Olympics Gymnastics Schedule
The Artistic Gymnastics events will start on the 24th of July with qualifications and will finish on 3rd August with event finals. All timings mentioned are in Japan Time.
Saturday 24th July- 10:00 to 22:00
- 10:00 – 12:30 – Men’s qualification, subdivision 1
- 14:30 – 17:00 – Men’s qualification, subdivision 2
- 19:30 – 22:00 – Men’s qualification, subdivision 3
Sunday 25th July- 10:00 to 22:00
- 10:00 – 13:35 – Women’s qualification, subdivision 1
- 15:10 – 18:45 – Women’s qualification, subdivision 2
- 20:20 – 22:00 – Women’s qualification, subdivision 3
Monday 26th July- 19:00 to 22:00
- Men’s Team Final
Tuesday 27th July- 19:45 to 22:00
- Women’s Team Final
Wednesday 28th July- 19:15 to 22:00
- Men’s All Around Final
Thursday 29th July- 19:50 to 22:00
- Women’s All Around Final
Sunday 1st August- 17:00 to 20:00
- Men’s floor exercise finals
- Women’s vault finals
- Men’s Pommel horse finals
- Women’s uneven bars final
Monday 2nd August- 17:00 – 19:15
- Men’s rings finals
- Women’s floor exercise finals
- Men’s vault finals
Tuesday 3rd August- 17:00 – 19:15
- Men’s parallel bars finals
- Women’s balance beam finals
- Men’s Horizontal bars finals
Artistic Gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics: Venue and Timing
Gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics will take place at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, located in the northern part of Tokyo’s Ariake district. It will host artistic, Rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics for the Tokyo Olympics. Boccia will be held at the venue during the Tokyo Paralympics.
The qualification will be held for the first 2 days from 10:00 am to 22:00 pm Japan Time. The next four days will see the all-around titles take place, which will all start at different times but finish at 22:00 pm Japan Time. The last 3 days will see the individual finals along with the medal ceremonies take place at various times in the evening.
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