Monday, May 27, 2013

UTRS: 2013 Men's Vault Scores

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. (Seriously, whenever you want to take over… Any day now!)

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…

Men's Vault Rankings: Best D Score Averages
In other words, who has the most scoring potential? 

Name Country D 1 D 2 D Avg. Meet
1. Ri Se Gwang North Korea 6.4 6.4 6.4 Doha
2. Denis Ablyazin Russia 6.0 6.2 6.1 Europeans
3. Liao Quiuhua China 6.0 6.0 6.0 Doha
3. Theo Seager Great Britain 6.0 6.0 6.0 Europeans
3. Yang Hak Seon* South Korea 6.0 6.0 6.0 French International
3. Igor Radivilov Ukraine 6.0 6.0 6.0 Europeans
3. Oleg Verniaiev Ukraine 6.0 6.0 6.0 Europeans
8. Stanislav Valiyev Kazakhstan 6.0 5.6 5.8 Ljubljana
8. Yusuke Saito Japan 6.0 5.6 5.8 Doha
8. Shek Wai Hung Hong Kong 6.0 5.6 5.8 Doha
8. Ali Saadi Al-Tameemi Iraq 6.0 5.6 5.8 Doha
8. Jake Dalton USA 6.0 5.6 5.8 Cottbus
8. Pavel Bulauski Belarus 5.6 6.0 5.8 Cottbus
8. Nguyen Ha Thanh Vietnam 6.0 5.6 5.8 French International
8. Kristian Thomas Great Britain 6.0 5.6 5.8 French International
8. Enrique Tomas Gonzalez Chile 6.0 5.6 5.8 French International
8. Oleg Stepko Ukraine 5.6 6.0 5.8 Europeans
8. Matthias Fahrig Germany 6.0 5.6 5.8 Europeans
8. Flavius Koczi Romania 6.0 5.6 5.8 Europeans
8. Andrey Medvedev Israel 5.6 6.0 5.8 Europeans

*At the South Korean Nationals, Yang performed his namesake, which is a 6.4 vault. He also performed a Kasamatsu 2.5. The FIG has not given an official value to the second vault, but I'd assume that the Yang II will be valued as a 6.4 vault. So, Yang Hak Seon could be joining Ri Se Gwang with a 6.4 D average. Vault finals in Antwerp, come quickly.

Men's Vault Rankings: Best E Score Averages

Name Country E-Score Meet
1. Le Thanh Phuong Vietnam 9.462 Doha
2. Artur Davtyan Armenia 9.450 Doha
3. Matthias Fahrig Germany 9.400 German Nationals
4. Petrus Laulumaa Finland 9.399 Europeans
5. Jake Dalton USA 9.387 Cottbus
6. Cuong Hoang Vietnam 9.375 Doha
6. Marek Lyszczarz Poland 9.375 Ljubljana
8. Denis Ablyazin Russia 9.308 Europeans
9. Tomi Tuuha Finland 9.275 Ljubljana
10. Flavius Koczi Romania 9.254 Europeans
11. Yang Hak Seon South Korea 9.250 French International
11. Cameron Mackenzie Great Britain 9.250 British Championships
11. Yusuke Saito Japan 9.250 Doha
14. Mikhail Kudashov Russia 9.225 Cottbus
15. Paul Ruggeri USA 9.212 Ljubljana

Men's Vault Rankings: Best Scores

Name Country Final Score Meet
1. Ri Se Gwang North Korea 15.550 Doha
2. Denis Ablyazin Russia 15.408 Europeans
3. Yang Hak Seon South Korea 15.250 French International
4. Jake Dalton USA 15.187 Cottbus
5. Igor Radivilov Ukraine 15.183 Europeans
6. Theo Seager Great Britain 15.150 British Championships
7. Le Thanh Phuong Vietnam 15.062 Doha
8. Flavius Koczi Romania 15.054 Europeans
9. Yusuke Saito Japan 15.050 Doha
10. Matthais Fahrig Germany 15.000 German Nationals
11. Oleg Verniaiev Ukraine 14.983 Europeans
12. Cuong Hoang Vietnam 14.975 Doha
13. Shek Wai Hung Hong Kong 14.950 Cottbus
14. Artur Davtyan Armenia 14.937 Doha
15. Paul Ruggeri USA 14.912 Ljubljana


Two vaults with a 6.4 D score? How is that even possible?

Watch and feel Ri Se Gwang's pain.

By the time he's 40, Ri Se Gwang is going to have some nasty elephantitis cankles.

What about Denis Ablyazin? What's he vaulting?

Bottom line: Right now, if you can chuck the big vaults and put them to your feet, you have a 98.9% chance of finding yourself on top of the podium. That's the state of execution scores on men's vault. All those with a 5.8 vault average simply have to cross their fingers and pray to the gymnastics gods that the guys with the big Ds splat all over the mat.

Why's Kohei Uchimura absent from this list?

Yes, I know that Kohei is capable of doing like a gazillion different vaults. Kohei is to men's vault as Catalina Ponor is to women's beam. (If only there were gymnastics logic questions on the SAT, right?) However, until Kohei performs two vaults in succession, you won't see him on the list. FOL. (F our lives.)

Related Links:

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


  1. What a pity no vault faces this time.

    BTW, the "new" scoring system of vault does not apply as of 1 April, so the scores would not be as consistent and comparable.

  2. If you look at the final scores from meets like the French International, you'll see that I adjusted them using the "old" scoring system (i.e. the current system).