London 2012: Artistic gymnastics men's rings individual event is up for grabs
London 2012 - Artistic gymnastics men's rings: The Russians had the top team score in men's rings Monday, but in individual competition China's Chen Yibing is favored to win.
The finals for the individual rings event in men's artistic gymnastics will be held on August 6, but if Monday's team competition was any indication, it could be anyone's game.Skip to next paragraph
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China's Chen Yibing is now heavily favored to win the individual finals. He took the gold on the rings in Beijing, and won his fourth career world title on the rings at the world championships in Tokyo, in 2011.
Chen had one of the best scores on rings in Monday's team event, with a 15.8. Averaged with his teammates' relatively low scores it was not enough to win the event for China, though in the end the Chinese did take the team gold for men's artistic gymnastics rings.
Based on Monday's scores, Chen's main competition in the individual event may be the Russians. Aleksandr Balandin scored slightly higher than Chen with a 15.816, and his teammate Denis Ablyazin was just behind with a 15.6.
The highest scorer on the rings from the US was Jonathan Horton, from Houston, Texas, who got a 15.26. Horton is an Olympic veteran, but the rings are not his strongest event. In Beijing he won the silver medal on the high bar.