Olympic Men's Gymnastics 2021: Parallel Bars Medal Winners, Scores and Results

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVAugust 3, 2021

China's Zou Jingyuan celebrates after winning the gold medal for the parallel bars during the artistic gymnastics men's apparatus final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

Zou Jingyuan won gold in the men's gymnastics parallel bars at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Tuesday, giving China its third winner in the event in the past four Olympic Games.

With a score of 16.233, Zou dominated the rest of the field. Germany's Lukas Dauser won silver with 15.700 and Turkey's Ferhat Arican took bronze with 15.633.

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Zou's second medal of this Olympics also marked China's sixth in men's gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics. Zou previously won bronze in the team event.

Here is a look at how the entire field fared in the parallel bars final, courtesy of Olympics.com:

1. Zou Jingyuan (CHN): 16.233

2. Lukas Dauser (GER): 15.700

3. Ferhat Arican (TUR): 15.633

4. You Hao (CHN): 15.466

5. David Belyavskiy (ROC): 15.200

6. Sam Mikulak (USA): 15.000

7. Petro Pakhniuk (UKR): 14.533

8. Joe Fraser (GBR): 14.500

As noted by the Associated Press, Zou had the best single-apparatus score of any men's or women's gymnast in Tokyo with his 16.233:

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Zou Jingyuan of China has captured <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympic?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Olympic</a> gold on parallel bars. Zou’s winning score of 16.233 was the highest in any event by any gymnast during the nine days of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a> competition. <a href="https://t.co/xVCNqYZNFA">https://t.co/xVCNqYZNFA</a>

A Chinese win came as little surprise given how well the country has fared on the parallel bars, but it narrowly missed out on winning two medals in the event for the first time since 1992.

Zou's teammate, You Hao, finished just off the podium in fourth after a poor dismount left him behind Turkey's Arican for bronze.

Arican's bronze was a landmark moment for Turkish gymnastics, as the country had never won an Olympic medal in men's or women's gymnastics.

Meanwhile, Dauser gave Germany its only men's gymnastics medal at these Games and its second silver in the parallel bars in the past three Olympics.

The one nation that has been nearly as dominant in the parallel bars as China over the past several Olympics has been Ukraine, which won gold in 1996, 2004 and 2016, meaning either a Chinese of Ukrainian gymnast has taken gold in the event at each of the last seven Olympics.

The parallel bars event marked another disappointment for Team USA as well, with Sam Mikulak scoring 15.000 and finishing sixth.

With no American finishing on the podium in the horizontal bar either, the United States men's gymnastics team will leave Tokyo with no medals, marking the second time in the past three Olympics that has happened.