Get to know: Men's Artistic Gymnastics

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) is a Gymsport that features gymnasts competing across six apparatus showcasing strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination.

Australia has one men’s artistic gymnast competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Tyson Bull, a Horizontal Bar specialist. 

You can catch all the action from Tokyo live and free on Channel 7 and the 7plus app from 3:30pm (AEST) Saturday 22 July.

To refresh your memory or help you understand Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, we have you put together this helpful guide for you.

What is an apparatus and what apparatus will they compete on?

The term apparatus relates to a piece of equipment that gymnasts will compete on.

Gymnasts in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics will compete across six apparatus:
- Floor Exercise
- Pommel Horse
- Still Rings
- Vault
- Parallel Bars
- Horizontal Bar

How are scores judged?
Routines are judged on the difficulty of the skills performed, the execution of the skills they perform, along with the overall presentation and flow of the routine. 

Who qualifies for finals? 
There are two separate ways for gymnasts to qualify for finals through Day 1 Qualification. 

The All-Around Final will see the top 24 gymnasts with the highest total score across all six-apparatus progress through. 

An apparatus Final will see the top 8 individual gymnasts with the highest score in their chosen apparatus progress through. 

Gymnasts can (and will) qualify for both the All-Around and apparatus Finals. 

How subdivisions work? 
There are 3 subdivisons for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, which are inclusive of 6 Mixed Groups (MxG) and 12 nation Teams. 

Subdivision 2 will see Australia’s Tyson Bull compete against Switzerland, Brazil, Great Britain, Japan and athletes who have qualified individually in MxG 4 and MxG 6.

Wondering which international athletes you should look out for? 
The men’s artistic competition will see several Olympic champions return to the arena to regain their title, those include: 
- Kōhei Uchimura (JPN)
- Max Whitlock (GRB)
- Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE)
- Epke Zonderland (NED)
- Arthur Zanetti (BRA)
- Yang Hakseon (KOR)

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics schedule: 
- Saturday 24 July – Qualification
- Monday 26 July – Team Final
- Wednesday 28 July – All-Around Final
- Sunday 1 August – Floor Exercise and Pommel Horse Final
- Monday 2 August – Rings and Vault Final
- Tuesday 3 August – Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar Final