The men’s gymnastics vault final at the 2012 Summer Olympics was something to behold. Every man, up and down eight who qualified for the finals, was hitting his marks on huge vaults. But none moreso than gold medal winner Yang Hak Seon of South Korea.
Yang’s first vault is called “The Yang.” Because he was the first to do it and is the only person still currently doing it in the world right now. It’s three twists in a layout position and on the vault finals, he had so much power he took two big steps forward. But even with those deductions, he still earned a 16.466 — partially because the start value in difficulty is 7.4, four-tenths higher than any other man starts on vault.
He then performed a 7.0 difficulty vault for his second turn and earned an even higher score because he landed ice-cold. It was impressive to watch, so if you missed the online feeds, be sure to tune in to primetime Monday night (Aug. 6).
The South Korean wasn’t the only vaulter showing off Monday. Denis Ablyazin of Russia, Igor Radivilov of the Ukraine and Enrique Tomas Gonazalez Sepulveda of Chile were also rock solid to finish second through fourth, respectively. U.S. gymnast Sam Mikulak performed a huge front tuck vault with an ice-cold landing to finish fifth. What’s even more remarkable is that just over a year ago, Mikulak broke both ankles after he shorted a landing on a floor exercise pass at the Puerto Rico Cup. Mikulak was visible happy with fifth place, offering big hugs of congratulations to his competition.
An exciting event final all around.