Men’s Artistic Gymnastics is an extremely demanding discipline based upon an athlete’s precision and agility. Men and women are judged within their own respective category and use a range of apparatuses to perform their stunning routines.
Judging criteria varies and is based upon: execution, creativity and difficulty of routine, and the way they utilize their apparatus.
Deductions are made for improper footing and landing, lengthy pauses, falls, poor technique.
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics includes the following six events
Gymnasts manoeuvre around a vault like narrow box with handles using coordination, strength, and balance. Lower level gymnasts will compete on a smaller pommel shaped like a mushroom with gradually moving up to the larger horse.
An athlete performs swings and demonstrates strength elements while keeping the rings as still as possible. Gymnasts must hold all strengths elements for a minimum of two second.
Launching off a spring board, pushing off a vault and landing a flip, twist, or somersault with tight body position.
A series of swings above and below two level bars finishing with a smooth release and dismount. Parallel bar routines must have a balance of elements below and above the bars.
On a single bar, gymnasts demonstrate swing and release skills whilst changing direction; finishing with an impressive dismount.