Friday, May 31, 2013

UTRS: 2013 High Bar Scores

 The hot pink trend has spilled over into U.S. men's gymnastics. Check out Danell's socks!

Last year, The All Around created some handy dandy rankings, leading up to the Olympics. This year, not so much. So, I've decided to create the UTRS (Uncle Tim Ranking System), which, for those who care, is pronounced "uterus." Think of my ranking system as a surrogate until The All Around steps in and takes over. (Yup, I'm still waiting!)

As per usual, take these rankings with a grain of salt. (Pro Tip: Never bet your life savings based on my numbers–or my predictions for that matter.) Judging varies from meet to meet, and as you can see, I've culled these scores from several meets. I've included the competition names so that you can decide how much crack the judges smoked before handing out the scores.

More than anything, you should think of these tables like this: New quad, new Code of Points. What the H is a good score nowadays? Well, let me show you…

(Updated: June 4, 2013–Videos from Chinese Nationals are slowly popping up…)

Men's High Bar Rankings: Best D Scores

Name Country D-Score Meet
1. Danell Leyva USA 7.2 Winter Cup
2. Koji Uematsu Japan 7.1 Cottbus
2. Emin Garibov Russia 7.1 French International
4. Kohei Uchimura Japan 7.0 Japanese Nationals
4. Umit Samiloglu Turkey 7.0 Doha
6. Liu Rongbing China 6.9 Chinese Nationals
6. Lin Chaopan China 6.9 Chinese Nationals
8. Christopher Jursch Germany 6.8 German Nationals
8. Yusuke Tanaka Japan 6.8 Japanese Nationals
8. Jossimar Calvo Moreno Colombia 6.8 Ljubljana
8. Andreas Bretschneider Germany 6.8 Cottbus
12. Fabian Hambuechen Germany 6.7 German Nationals
12. Marijo Moznik Croatia 6.7 Ljubljana
12. Fabian Gonzalez Spain 6.7 Tokyo
12. Paul Ruggeri USA 6.7 Winter Cup

There very well could be more Japanese gymnasts in this list. It's just a pain in the keaster to find their D scores.

Men's High Bar Rankings: Best E Scores

Name Country E-Score Meet
1. Ryohei Kato Japan 9.000 Japanese Nationals
2. Daniel Keatings Great Britain 8.950 British Championships
2. Max Whitlock Great Britain 8.950 British Championships
2. Cameron Mackenzie Great Britain 8.950 British Championships
5. Oliver Hegi Switzerland 8.925 Doha
6. Kohei Uchimura Japan 8.900 Japanese Nationals
7. Georgy Petrosyan Ukraine 8.825 Zakharova
8. Mitchell Jarvis Great Britain 8.800 British Championships
9. Daniel Purvis Great Britain 8.775 Tokyo
10. Yusuke Tanaka Japan 8.750 Japanese Nationals
10. Arthur Okayawa Brazil 8.750 Doha
10. Melvin Ornek Netherlands 8.750 Zakharova
13. Jake Dalton USA 8.733 French International
14. Oleg Verniaiev Ukraine 8.725 Tokyo
15. Theo Seager Great Britain 8.700 Doha
15. Philip Sorrer Germany 8.700 German Nationals
15. Glen Ishino USA 8.700 Cottbus

Men's High Bar Rankings: Best Scores

Name Country Final Score Meet
1. Kohei Uchimura Japan 15.900 Japanese Nationals
2. Yusuke Tanaka* Japan 15.800 Japanese Nationals
3. Zhou Shixiong* China 15.700 Chinese Nationals
4. Deng Shudi China 15.567 Chinese Nationals
4. Liu Rongbing* China 15.567 Chinese Nationals
6. Lin Chaopan* China 15.534 Chinese Nationals
7. Kazuhito Tanaka* Japan 15.500 Japanese Nationals
8. Emin Garibov Russia 15.433 European Championships
9. Yuya Saito* Japan 15.400 Japanese Nationals
9. Ryohei Kato Japan 15.400 Japanese Nationals
11. Fabian Gonzalez Spain 15.350 Tokyo
11. Daiki Ishikawa* Japan 15.350 Japanese Nationals
13. Danell Leyva USA 15.300 French International
13. Koji Uematsu* Japan 15.300 Japanese Nationals
15. Fabian Hambuechen Germany 15.250 German Nationals
15. Christopher Jursch Germany 15.250 German Nationals

*I do not have E and D scores for these particular routines. If anyone knows where they are, please leave a comment.


How the Helsinki do you get a 7.2 difficulty score?

By connecting a lot of skills together. At the 1:42 mark, Danell connects an Adler 1/2 into a stretched Tkatchev into a Rybalko, which gets him some major connection bonus.

Nota bene: Danell ditched that combination faster than the Karolyis ditched Dominique Moceanu after  the 1996 Olympics, and since the Winter Cup, Danell's D has been all over the place, ranging from a 6.7 during the event finals at the French International to a 6.9 at the American Cup.

Can you have a big D without doing a variation of a Kovacs?

Yes, yes, you can. Emin Garibov will show you how it's done.

It's about as exciting as a Romanian uneven bars routine, but it scores much, much better. All those extra half twists add up to a 7.0 start value. (I couldn't find a video of his 7.1 routine from the prelims at the French International.)

Do you think Kohei Uchimura deserves to be ranked number one?

Umm, have you seen his 15.900 routine?

If that wasn't a spiritual experience for you, you have no soul.

Related Links:

2013 Men's UTRS: Updated July 1
2013 Men's and Women's All-Around Scores
2013 Men's Floor Scores
2013 Women's Vault Scores
2013 Men's Pommel Horse Scores
2013 Women's Uneven Bar Scores
2013 Men's Vault Scores
2013 Women's Beam Scores
2013 Men's P-Bar Scores
2013 Women's Floor Scores


  1. Zhou Shixiong has 7.3 start value

    1. Can you send me a link to the routine with a 7.3 start value?


    3. No, he has only 7.0 D. Did you count his connections as .2? But now those connections are .1

  2. I am only a casual fan, but some of those positions did not look good. Apparently the judges still gave him credit for the elements. 15.7 seems high for that routine.