New tie-breaking rules introduced for London 2012

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The FIG has announced that new tie breaking rules have been introduced for the London 2012 Olympics this summer.  New tie breaking rules have been set out for Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampolining. View the new rules here.

Artistic Gymnastics tie breaking rules are as follows:

All Around

In case of a tie in points at any place in Competition II, the ranking will be
determined by the following criteria:

1. The gymnast with the highest sum of the final apparatus scores obtained will
prevail (i.e. add the total of the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 of the highest final apparatus
scores for men / the total of the 3, 2, 1 highest final apparatus scores for
women

2. If they remain tied, the highest total E score by adding all apparatus will prevail

3. If they remain tied, the highest total D score by adding all apparatus will prevail

4. If they remain tied, the gymnasts will share the same classification.

Individual Event Finals

In case of a tie in points of the final score at any place on all apparatus except for
vault, the ranking will be determined by the following criteria:
1. The gymnast with highest E-score will prevail

2. If they remain tied, the highest D-score will prevail

3. If they remain tied, the gymnasts will share the same classification

Competition III – VAULT

In case of a tie in points of the final score at any place on vault in Competition III,
the rank will be determined by the following criteria:
1. The gymnast with highest score between the two vaults will prevail

2. If they remain tied, the highest E-score from either vault will prevail

3. If they remain tied, the highest D-score of either vault will prevail

4. If they remain tied, the gymnasts will share the same classification

Team Competition

In case of a tie in points at any place in Competition IV, the ranking will be
determined by the following criteria:

1. The team with the highest sum of the team apparatus counting scores
obtained will prevail (i.e. the total of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 highest apparatus team scores
for men and the total of 3, 2, 1 highest apparatus team scores for women)

2. If they remain tied the teams will share the same classification

What do you think of these new tie breaking rules? If I am correct, and these rules had applied in Beijing 2008, Nastia Liukin and He Kexin would have shared the gold medal and Nastia would not have been presented with the silver medal. Tie break information via Gymnastics Results.

Tie Break Uneven Bars Final Women
Name NOC B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 Average tie-Break Rank Total

HE Kexin CHN 9.30 9.10 9.10 8.90 9.00 8.90 (=1) 16.725
MID 4 0.70 0.90 0.90 1.10 1.00 1.10 0.975 (=1)
AVG 3 0.70 0.90 0.90 1.10 1.00 1.10 0.933 (1)

LIUKIN Nastia USA 9.00 9.30 9.00 8.80 9.00 9.10 (=1) 16.725
MID 4 1.00 0.70 1.00 1.20 1.00 0.90 0.975 (=1)
AVG 3 1.00 0.70 1.00 1.20 1.00 0.90 0.966 (2)

One Comment

  1. Miranda says:

    With these new rules, Nastia would have had the gold medal with He Kexin!

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