Olympics 2008 Gymnastics Gold Medal Winners And Olympic Games Gymnastics Champions

Who are the gymnastics gold medal winners in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games? Gymnastics is a highly rated Olympic sport in the Olympics calendar. At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, gymnasts from all over the world took park in the Olympics gymnastics competition trying to win the 18 gold medals which were up for grabs at the Beijing Olympics. The gymnastics events are divided into the artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline competitions. The majority of the 2008 Olympic Games gymnastics golds went to the Chinese and American gymnasts. So, who are the Chinese medal winners and who are the American medal winners in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing?

China has the most gold medal winners in the 2008 Olympic Games for gymnastics. So, how many golds did Chinaís gymnasts win? 11. China's fearsome male gymnasts stormed to a gold medal in the menís Olympic team title in the gymnastics competition. The talented Chinese gymnasts are made up of Zou Kai, Xiao Qin, Yang Wei, Li Xiaopeng, Huang Xu and Chen Yibing. With the team gold at the Beijing Games, Li Xiaopeng has equaled China's gymnastics legend Li Ning's three Olympic golds and even surpassed the most famous Chinese athlete in terms of his total number of gold medals. Japanís final medal tally in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games increased with a silver medal in the menís team competition while the Americans are the bronze medalists. The Japanese gymnasts were Hiroyuki Tomita, Takehiro Kashima, Koki Sakamoto, Makoto Okiguchi, Kohei Uchimura and Takuya Nakase while the United States is represented by Raj Bhavsar, Joey Hagerty, Jonathan Horton, Justin Spring, Tan Kai Wen and Alexander Artemev. The much sought after men's gymnastics individual all-around event title went to Yang Wei of China. Yang Wei who has two world championships all-around gold under his belt, stormed to his first Olympic gymnastics artistic men's individual all-around gold medal by crushing Japanese runner-up Kohei Uchimura by almost 3 points. French 2008 Olympics medal winner in third place is Caranobe Benoit. The gold medal winner of the 2008 Olympics horizontal bar final is Zou Kai of China. The Chinese gold medalist gymnast took the menís horizontal bar title with a score of 16.200. Joining Zou Kai in the gymnastics medal table is American Jonathan Horton, the silver medalist and German Fabian Hambuechen, the bronze medalist.

One more gold was added to Chinaís medal tally in the 2008 Olympic Games when Li Xiaopeng of China won the gold in the men's parallel bars competition. The parallel bars gold medal winner from China was very happy with his achievements as this Olympic Games gold medal was his second Olympic gold in parallel bars following his win in the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games. With his latest win in the men's parallel bars, the famous Chinese gymnast has collected four Olympic golds and has become one of the few Chinese athletes who have collected one of the most Olympic titles. Runner-up is Yoo Won-chul from South Korea and the bronze medal goes to Anton Fokin from Uzbekistan. The South Korean medal winner in the 2008 gymnastics Olympic Games is the only medal won by South Korea in the gymnastics competition. Reigning world champion Mitja Petkovsek of Slovenia failed to become one of the Slovenian gold medal winners in the Beijing Olympics. The men's rings title of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games was won by Chen Yibing of China with a score of 16.600. This was only the second Olympic gold won by China in the men's rings event after Li Ning, the most famous gymnast in China, won the first rings gold at the Los Angeles Olympics Games. Famous Chinese gymnast Yang Wei took the silver while Oleksandr Vorobiov of Ukraine settled for the bronze. Xiao Qin of China added another gold to the final gold medal tally for China when he won gold in the menís pommel horse competition. Xiao Qin, the reigning world champion, performed powerful swings, circles and undercuts on a difficulty of 6.4 points to beat silver medalist Pilip Ude of Croatia and bronze medalist Louis Smith of Great Britain who is the only British medal winner in the 2008 Olympic Games gymnastics competition. One of the many Chinese gold medalists in the 2008 Beijing Olympics is Zou Kai who took first place in the men's floor exercise final. Despite competing in the Olympics for the first time, Zou Kai showed nerves of steel and scored 16.050 points. His job was even made easier after reigning world champion Diego Hypolito of Brazil and 2004 Athens Olympic silver medalist Marian Dragulescu failed their routines. Gervasio Deferr from Spain added a silver medal to Spainís 2008 Olympics final medal tally while Russia's Anton Golotsutskov added a bronze to the Russian Olympics 2008 medal tally. Poland prevented the Chinese gymnastics a clean sweep by taking a gold in the menís gymnastics event. Polish first gold medal in the gymnastics was won by Leszek Blanik in the men's vault event. This is the only Polish gold medal winner in the 2008 Olympics Games for the gymnastics competition. Leszek Blanik of Poland was so happy after his vault performance during the gymnastics artistic apparatus finals that he hug his coach immediately. Leszek Blanik collected 16.537 points in two jumps which is the same as Thomas Bouhail of France but the Frenchís highest score out of the two jumps was lower than Blanik's. Under the tie-breaking rule, the 2008 Olympics men's vault title was awarded to Leszek Blanik. Anton Golotsutskov from Russia is the Russian bronze medalist.

An important gold was won by China when the Chinese womenís gymnasts team won the gymnastics artistic women's team final. Loud celebrations were heard in National Indoor Stadium in Beijing when the Chinese girls claim their first Olympic gymnastics team crown. The Chinese golden gymnasts were made up of Cheng Fei, He Kexin, Deng Linlin, Li Shanshan, Yang Yilin and Jiang Yuyuan. The Chinese girls also claimed their first world gymnastics women's team title in the 2006 World Championships in Arhus, Denmark. The American womenís gymnasts team of Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel, Samantha Peszek, Alicia Sacramone and Bridget Sloan joined the list of the American silver medalists in the 2008 Olympics while the bronze medal in the womenís gymnastics team event goes to Romania which is made up of Steliana Nistor, Sandra Izbasa, Andreea Acatrinei, Andreea Grigore, Gabriela Dragoi and Anamaria Tamirjan. The 2008 Olympic Games gymnastic women's individual all-round event saw Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson grabbing the gold and silver respectively. Nastia Liukin joined the list of the United States gold medal winners in the Beijing Olympics. Nastia Liukin hug her father and coach Valeri Liukin after the final rankings was shown on the screen and contributed her victory to her parents who were both former Soviet Union world champions. Another American gold medal winner in the 2008 Olympics is the graceful Shawn Johnson who claimed the women's balance beam title by pushing fellow American gymnast Nastia Liukin to second place and Cheng Fei of China to third place. The Olympic debutante from the United States also took home three gold medals in the 2007 World Championships. Reigning beam world champion Nastia Liukin was disappointed that she did not win gold in her favorite apparatus despite her flawless routine. Another Chinese gold medalist in the Beijing Olympics is He Kexin who took gold in the gymnastics artistic uneven bars category. He Kexin, who scored the same 16.725 points with runner-up Nastia Liukin from the United States, snatched the uneven bars title under a tie-break Olympics gymnastics rule. Under the gymnastics tie-break rule in the Olympic Games, if two gymnasts score the same points on a same difficulty value, then the average of the three lowest of the 4 counting B-jury deductions will be applied, instead of the average of 4 B-jury deductions. The bronze medalist is another top Chinese gymnast, Yang Yilin who scored 16.650 points. One of the Romanian gold medal winners in the 2008 Beijing Olympics include Sandra Izbasa who took the Olympic title in the women's floor category. The Team USA final medal tally in the 2008 Olympics was increased when American Shawn Johnson and her teammate Nastia Liukin joined the Olympic winner from Romania at the podium. The 2008 Olympics gymnastic event saw a North Korean gold medal winner in the Beijing 2008 Games. Hong Un Jong of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) claimed the women's vault apparatus title by beating silver medalist Oksana Chusovitina of Germany. Chinese vault queen Cheng Fei finished a disappointing third despite taking first place during the vault qualification session.

Defending Olympic champion Russia defended its rhythmic gymnastics group title with a total of 35.550 points. The Russian gold medal winners of Margarita Aliychuk, Anna Gavrilenko, Tatiana Gorbunova, Elena Posevina, Darya Shkurihina and Natalia Zueva beat the Chinese rhythmic gymnastics team of Cai Tongtong, Chou Tao, Lu Yuanyang, Sui Jianshuang, Sun Dan and Zhang Shuo to second placing. The bronze goes to Olesya Babushkina, Anastasia Ivankova, Ksenia Sankovich, Zinaida Lunina, Glafira Martinovich and Alina Tumilovich of Belarus. This bronze medal won in the rhythmic gymnastics team event is one of the two Belarusian medal winners in the 2008 Olympic Games gymnastic events. The rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around Olympic gold goes to Russian gold medalist Evgeniya Kanaeva. This gold medal is also the third Olympic rhythmic individual gold in a row for powerhouse Russia. Inna Zhukova from Belarus finished second with 2004 Athens bronze medalist Anna Bessonova of Ukraine coming in third. Favorites and 2005 world champion Olga Kapranova just missed out on a podium finish by claiming the fourth place. In the menís trampoline event, Chinese Lu Chunlong added another gold to the final gold medal table of the China team. The silver medalist of the trampoline competition goes to Jason Burnett of Canada and Dong Dong of China managed the bronze. Olympic history was created in the womenís trampoline category when Chinese He Wenna won the first Olympic trampoline gold medal for China. Karen Cockburn was successful in becoming part of the Canadian medal winners in the 2008 Olympics by grabbing an important silver in the trampoline women's final while Ekaterina Khilko from Uzbekistan took home the bronze medal. Defending Olympic trampoline champion Anna Dogonadze from Germany finished in the eighth position.

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