PB – Men

Parallel bars were invented in 1819 by Friedrich Ludwig Jahn in Berlin. These two bars are usually set slightly further than a shoulder’s width apart and are usually 1.75m high. Supporting framework is adjustable so the height of the bars above the floor and distance between the bars can be set accordingly for each gymnast. Swings, balances, releases, all these elements require great strength and coordination.

Scoring & Ruls

A routine executed on the parallel bars must include various elements that usually depend on the gymnast’s own abilities. Gymnast has to perform number of swinging skills in a support, hanging, and an upper arm position. Swing elements should momentarily feature a strength or static hold skill. All routines should end with dismount from either the ends or the side of the apparatus. Judges will look at form and exactness of elements performed, and will apply specific deductions for not controlling swing elements and adjusting hand position during handstands.
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