Rio 2016: Gymnastics - An insight into when our Gymnasts are competing

4th August 2016 | National | Comments (0)

We’ve broken down the Rio 2016 schedule to make it easier for all our members and those interested in our sport to understand the schedule for the Gymnastics at the Games and how it relates to our two artistic gymnasts competing.


The gymnastics events take place from August 6th through August 11th. A total of 98 gymnasts - 12 teams of five gymnasts and 38 individuals - will compete in the qualification round in both Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics in Rio. Kieran Behan will compete on August 6th whilst Ellis O’Reilly will compete on August 7th. Their performances are scored by nine judges, who take into account the level of difficulty of their routine, the quality of their technical movements and how well it was executed.

Kieran and Ellis will both get the opportunity to train on the apparatus prior to competing. This is called podium training. Kieran is podium training on August 3rd between 18.30-21.00 and Ellis is Podium training on August 4th between 9.45am - 11.15am.

Due to the number of gymnasts competing and the amount of apparatus that they have to compete on, the athletes are grouped into various subdivisions. Kieran will compete in Sub Division 3 on the 6th of August between 18.30 - 21.00. The men will compete on 6 apparatus. Kieran will start on the Pommel and cycle through The Floor, The Vault, The Rings, The Parallel Bars, The High Bar (not in that order).

Ellis will compete in Sub Division 1 on the 7th of August between 09.45am – 11.15am. The women will compete on 4 apparatus. Ellis starts on The Floor and cycles through The Beam, The Uneven Bars, The Vault (not in that order).

If they perform well on their respective days, then they qualify for the future rounds.

If a male gymnast performs well on all the apparatus, he'll compete again on all the 6 apparatus on August 10th between 16.00-18.30 (called the All-Around Final). If a male gymnast performs well on one particular apparatus he'll compete again on either August 14th, 15th, 16th depending on which apparatus final he qualifies for (called the Apparatus Finals).

If a female gymnast performs well she'll compete again on all 4 apparatus on August 11th between 16.00-18.00 (called the All-Around Final). If a female gymnast performs well on one particular apparatus she'll compete again on either August 14th, 15th, 16th depending on which apparatus final she qualifies for (called the Apparatus Finals).

All times stated are Rio local time. There is a 4 hour time difference between Ireland and Rio.

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