All you need to know: London 2012 Test Event


The hotly anticipated London Prepares Series Gymnastics Test Event is only days away. From Tuesday 10th, Full Twist will be in the North Greenwich Arena in London hoping to bring you all of the live action from the event.  We have come up with this post to bring you as much information ahead of the competition. Here is what you can expect to see:

  • Participants & Medal Ceremony Information
  • Overall competition schedule
  • Work Plan & Break Down of Subdivisions
  • TV, Live & Online Coverage

Participants & Medal Ceremony Information

The participants list was issued in mid December and the full list can be seen here. As we already know the top 8 teams who qualified in both MAG and WAG at the World Championships in Tokyo have guaranteed their place at the  London Olympics in July, the remaining teams who placed 9th – 16th  will battle out at the Test Event to secure the last 4 available  spots. 16 individual gymnasts from the top 8 ranking teams have been invited to compete – a 2 per nation rule applies, though not all nations have taken this opportunity to send gymnasts. 41 other gymnasts have been invited or have qualified to compete at the Test Event.

The teams looking to grab the 4 available spots in MAG and WAG are as follows:


  1. Belarus
  2. Brazil
  3. Great Britain
  4. Canada
  5. Spain
  6. France
  7. Italy
  8. Puerto Rico
  1. Belgium
  2. Canada
  3. Brazil
  4. France
  5. Spain
  6. Italy
  7. Korea
  8. Netherlands
Individual gymnasts competing, who are not part of a National Federation who have already qualified (such as Ireland’s Kieran Behan) must rank within the top 30 (1 gymnast per nation) of the non ranked teams to qualify for an Olympic slot.
Between the World Championships and now a few gymnasts have received injuries so in that case, the names of the gymnasts on the nominative list may be changed. So in the case of France’s Thomas Bouhail and Diego Hypolito, these names are likely to be changed.
The teams that rank in first, second and third position will receive medals and all teams ranked first to fourth will have their Olympic qualification acknowledged. In the All Around competition only the top three ranking gymnasts will medal. The same applies for the gymnasts who place first to third in the Apparatus Finals, all gymnasts ranking first to eighth will receive certificates.

Overall Competition Schedule

The Gymnastics Test Event is officially spread across  7 days, January 7th – 13th. This covers the three Olympic Gymnastics disciplines, Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampolining. Full Twist will only be on hand to cover the Artistic Test Event between January 10th and 13th. See below for the schedule according to the official London Prepares site. Click the images to enlarge.

Work Plan and Breakdown of Subdivisions

For the qualification stage, gymnasts will be divided into groups, consisting of teams groups (for gymnasts belonging
to the same Nation) or mixed groups (for individual gymnasts) as per the drawing of lots. The allocation of groups into the various subdivisions and the starting order of the Nation in the first  rotation of each subdivision were decided by this drawing of lots. Subsequent rotations will proceed as per the standard rules should the nominative registrations permit it.

Qualification Work Plan & Subdivision Breakdown:

Apparatus Finals Work Plan & Subdivision Breakdown:

The top eight gymnasts per apparatus from qualification will qualify to participate in this competition, with a maximum
of two gymnasts per country and with three reserve gymnasts per apparatus standing by. As per the draw, the MAG and
WAG working orders for CIII will be as follows:

This information has been taken from the LOGOC’s work plan document.

TV, Live & Online Coverage

The competition will not be broadcast live on television. If you know of any listings or any live feeds, please post them in the comments section below to help allow others watch the action.  The BBC will have cameras on site to capture the best action for the website and tv news. gymnasts considering the British Men will be fighting for a place, as yet nothing is shown on their website.

Susan has been in touch to say that there will be some live commentary on BBC radio 5 live sports extra on Tuesday 10th January.

FIG Coverage

The FIG will soon open the London 2012 Test Event microsite, which will be available here. In addition this, the website will display live results during the Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics competitions and provide information on how to follow the Trampoline Gymnastics competitions via the web Commentator Information System (CIS). In the past, the FIGs microsites have been excellent, getting better during each competition.

As always keep an eye on the and also the and for videos and photographs.

Other Online Coverage

Bloggers from around the World are aiming to bring you the news from the Test Event. Check out their details below:

Make sure to follow, like and subscribe by RSS to the above sites for up to the minute live action from London. We will all so our very best to bring you as much information as possible from the different nations competing. Please feel free to ask if you are unsure of how to use an RSS Reader.

Of course if YOU will be at the Test Event and your website details are not listed above, please do get in touch to have them included.

Hopefully this guide has been of use to you, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask in the comments below. I’ll to my best to answer as best I can.



  1. Pascale says:

    There is something not right in your schedule. MAG quali is 10th and WAG quali is 11th. 🙂

  2. Very nice post. Lots of important information for everybody who is looking foward to this exciting event. The Gym Blog Brazil will also be there. This is the first time we attend an international event officially as media and we´re very happy about it.

  3. Gymnastics Coaching will be there after all. And Gymnastics Examiner.

    Grace Chiu will be taking photos, as usual.

  4. susan*w says:

    There’s some live commentary on BBC radio 5 live sports extra on Tuesday 10th January:

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