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How Rhythmic Gymnastics competition works - Olympic Games

 
Publication date : 02/12/2014

Rhythmic gymnasts perform with four different apparatus: the Hoop, the Ball, the Clubs and the Ribbon. In the qualification competition, each gymnast performs one routine with each apparatus, and the scores are totaled to give an All-around score.

At the Olympic Games, 26 gymnasts will compete in the qualification round, with the top 10 advancing to the medal round. The qualification scores do not carry over to the finals, permitting all gymnasts to start anew in the All-around final.

Rhythmic Groups perform two routines -- one with the same apparatus, and one with two different kinds of apparatus -- in the qualification round. Scores are added together to give an All-around total.

Fourteen Groups compete at the Olympic Games. The top eight Groups after the qualification round advance to the final. As with individual finals, the Group medal round features new life scoring, where all teams start from zero.

What if there’s a tie (Individuals)?

For individual Rhythmic gymnasts, if there is a tie in the qualification round at the Olympic Games, the tie is first broken by adding the gymnasts' best three scores together and comparing the two totals.

If there is still a tie, the following methods will be applied, in the following order, to break the tie:

  1. The gymnasts' best two scores will be taken into consideration and compared.
  2. Each gymnast's four Execution scores will be added together and their totals compared.
  3. Each gymnast's three best Execution scores will be added together and their totals compared.
  4. Each gymnast's two best Execution scores will be added together and their totals compared.
  5. Each gymnast's four Difficulty scores will be added together and their totals compared.
  6. Each gymnast's three highest Difficulty scores will be added together and their totals compared.
  7. Each gymnast's two highest Difficulty scores will be added together and their totals compared.
  8. If there is still a tie after all that, the tie will not be broken.

The tiebreaking process is simpler in Olympic All-around finals. There, the gymnasts' four E-scores are added together and compared. Then, if necessary, the four D-scores are added together and compared. If there is still a tie, it will not be broken.

What if there’s a tie (Groups)?

In case of a tie in the qualification round at the Olympic Games, the Group with the highest total Execution score (counting both exercises) prevails. If that doesn't work, the total Difficulty scores (again, counting both exercises) will be compared. If that still doesn't work, the tie will not be broken.

The process is the same in the Group All-around final at the Olympic Games. 

Russia's Rhythmic Group performs at London 2012