Ranking the Most Dominant Men’s Gymnasts of All Time

In the past I’ve done “points” rankings on the women’s side of the sport. On Reddit user /u/lollipoppery took the time to calculate the same ranking for the men as well and allowed me to post the data on TMC. It was an incredible undertaking as MAG has far more medalists (383) compared to WAG (278). It also required digging through the complex and obscure pre-1952 results which significantly adds to the difficulty.

In spite of that /u/lollipoppery was able to compile a list featuring athletes spanning into the late 1800s, as well as correctly identifying all the athletes from the pre-1930s where the nationality of various gymnasts can be complex. Most notably Julius Lenhart who was the second All-Around Champion in gymnastics history who personally identified as Austrian, but is officially credited as an American by the IOC.

Below the table are other disclaimers compiled by /u/lollipoppery and an explanation of how the “points” system works.

NameCountryPoints
Vitaly ScherboSoviet Union / Belarus67
Nikolai AndrianovSoviet Union52
Kohei UchimuraJapan47
Boris ShakhlinSoviet Union46
Alexei NemovRussia40
Akinori NakayamaJapan40
Alexander DityanSoviet Union37
Dmitry BilozerchevSoviet Union34
Eugen MackSwitzerland32
Eizo KenmotsuJapan32
Marian DragulescuRomania31
Leon StukeljYugoslavia31
Yordan YovchevBulgaria31
Takashi OnoJapan30
Vladimir ArtemovSoviet Union30
Viktor ChukarinSoviet Union29
Max WhitlockGreat Britain29
Sawao KatoJapan27
Mikhail VoroninSoviet Union27
Grigoriy MisyutinSoviet Union / Ukraine26
Li XiaopengChina25
Yukio EndoJapan24
Li NingChina24
Alois HudecCzechoslovakia24
Joseph MartinezFrance23
Marco TorresFrance23
Yuri TitovSoviet Union22
Andreas WeckerEast Germany / Germany22
Yuri KorolyovSoviet Union21
Lou YunChina21
Koji GushikenJapan21
Miroslav CerarYugoslavia21
Li JingChina21
Jury ChechiItaly21
Kenzo ShiraiJapan21
Georges MiezSwitzerland20
Zou KaiChina20
Yang WeiChina20
Ihor KorobchynskyiSoviet Union / Ukraine20
Giorgio ZamporiItaly19
Josef CadaBohemia / Czechoslovakia 19
Mitsuo TsukaharaJapan18
Valentin MuratovSoviet Union18
Shigeru KasamatsuJapan18
Marius UrzicăRomania18
Epke ZonderlandNetherlands18
Ladislav VachaCzechoslovakia18
Szilveszter CsollanyHungary18
Masao TakemotoJapan17
Fabian HambuechenGermany17
Chen YibingChina17
Xiao QinChina16
Li XiaoshuangChina15
Oleg VerniaievUkraine15
Alexander TkachevSoviet Union15
Zoltan MagyarHungary15
Kurt ThomasUnited States15
Jan GajdosCzechoslovakia15
Denis AblyazinRussia14
Anton HeidaUnited States14
George EyserUnited States14
Albert AzaryanSoviet Union14
Arthur ZanettiBrazil14
Ivan IvankovSoviet Union / Belarus14
Artur DalaloyanRussia14
Gervasio DeferrSpain14
Alfred SchwarzmannGermany13
Xiao RuotengChina13
Pae Gil-suNorth Korea13
Eleftherios PetrouniasGreece13
Sylvio KrollEast Germany  /  Germany13
Ri Se-gwangNorth Korea13
Peter SumiYugoslavia13
Diego HypolitoBrazil12
Paul HammUnited States12
Danell LeyvaUnited States12
Gervasio DeferrSpain12
Tong FeiChina12
Emanuel LofflerCzechoslovakia12
Veikko HuhtanenFinland11
Romeo NeriItaly11
Takehiro KashimaJapan11
Louis SmithGreat Britain11
Leszek BlanikPoland11
Frantisek ErbenBohemia / Czechoslovakia 11
Valentin MogilnySoviet Union11
Franco MenichelliItaly10
Daiki HashimotoJapan10
Istvan PelleHungary10
Konrad FreyGermany10
Nobuyuki AiharaJapan10
Eberhard GiengerGermany10
Hiroyuki TomitaJapan10
Joseph LuxFrance10
Viktor KlimenkoSoviet Union9
Valery BelenkySoviet Union / Germany9
Nikita NagornyyRussia9
Zou JingyuanChina9
Hrant ShahinyanSoviet Union9
Dimosthenis TampakosGreece9
Li DonghuaSwitzerland9
Yang Hak-seonSouth Korea9
Carlos YuloPhilippines9
Aljaz PeganSlovenia9
Heikki SavolainenFinland8
Josef StalderSwitzerland8
Hermann WeingartnerGermany8
Roland BrucknerEast Germany8
Valeri LiukinSoviet Union8
Sergey KharkovSoviet Union8
Rustam SharipovSoviet Union / Ukraine8
Feng ZheChina8
Teng HaibinChina8
Liu YangChina8
You HouChina8
Helmut BantzGermany8
Haruhiro YamashitaJapan8
Sergey KharkovSoviet Union / Russia8
Miroslav KlingerCzechoslovakia8
Artur AkopyanSoviet Union8
Mitja PetkovsekSlovenia8
Jesus CarballoSpain8
Shuji TsurumiJapan7
Paavo AaltonenFinland7
Walter LehmannGermany7
Anton GolotsutskovRussia7
Artem DolgopyotIsrael7
Tin SrbicCroatia7
Louis ZutterSwitzerland7
Michael ReuschSwitzerland7
Bart ConnerUnited States7
Zsolt BorkaiHungary7
Kazuma KayaJapan7
Dan GrecuRomania7
Nikolai KryukovRussia7
Ferdinand SteinerBohemia / Czechoslovakia 7
Yoo Ok-ryulSouth Korea7
Hrant ShahinyanSoviet Union7
Li ChunyangChina7
Vlasios MarsGreece7
Zhang ChenglongChina7
Viktor LisitskySoviet Union6
Stoyan DeltchevBulgaria6
Hermann HanggiSwitzerland6
Robert PrazakCzechoslovakia6
Alberto BragliaItaly6
William ThoressonSweden6
Takeshi KatoJapan6
Kyle ShewfeltCanada6
Edward HennigUnited States6
Lee Joo-hyungSouth Korea6
Igor CassinaItaly6
Eric PoujadeFrance6
Alexei BondarenkoRussia6
Jevgenijs SapronenkoLatvia6
Igor RadivilovUkraine6
Georges DejagereFrance6
Osvaldo PalazziItaly6
Emmanuel LofflerCzechoslovakia6
Yuri van GelderNetherlands6
Alexei VoropaievSoviet Union / Russia6
Hu XuweiChina6
Louis SeguraFrance5
Peter VidmarUnited States5
Oleksandr BereschUkraine5
Kim Dae-eunSouth Korea5
Ioannis MelissanidisGreece5
Alfred FlatowGermany5
Shinji MorisueJapan5
Holger BehrendtEast Germany5
Krasimir DunevBulgaria5
William MerzUnited States5
Michael NikolayEast Germany5
Lubomir GeraskovBulgaria5
Lee Chih-kaiTaiwan (Chinese Taipei)5
Dan BurincaRomania5
Matteo MorandiItaly5
Thomas BouhailFrance5
Hiroshi KajiyamaJapan5
Yeo Hong-chulSouth Korea5
Albert SeguinFrance5
Hisashi MustoriJapan5
Lin ChaopanChina5
Hisashi MizutoriJapan5
Yan MingyongChina5
Marco LodadioItaly5
Huang LipingChina5
Philippe RizzoAustralia5
Bedrich SupcikCzechoslovakia4
Marcel NguyenGermany4
Ferenc PatakiHungary4
Yukio IketaniJapan4
Igor VihrovsLatvia4
Arthur MarianoBrazil4
Jean GutwenigerSwitzerland4
Hans EugsterSwitzerland4
Mitch GaylordUnited States4
Valeriy HancharovUkraine4
Yoo Wun-chulSouth Korea4
David BelyavskyRussia4
Jean GutwenigerSwitzerland4
Yevgeny KarolkovSoviet Union4
Filip UdeCroatia4
Emil VoigtUnited States4
Takuji HayataJapan4
Leo SotornikCzechoslovakia4
Sergey DiomidovSoviet Union4
Klaus KosteEast Germany / Germany4
Philipp BoyGermany4
Zhang JinjingChina4
Yang Tae-youngSouth Korea3
Gustave SandrasFrance3
Julius LenhartUnited States or Austria
(Nationality Dispute)
3
Janos Mogyorosi-KlencsHungary3
Tadao UesakoJapan3
Vladimir MarchenkoSoviet Union3
Rayderly ZapataSpain3
Dallas BixlerUnited States3
Aleksanteri SaarvalaFinland3
Jack GunthradSwitzerland3
Marius GhermanRomania3
Trent DimasUnited States3
Jonathan HortonUnited States3
Masami KubotaJapan3
Sven TippeltEast Germany3
Joseph WilhelmSwitzerland3
Eugen EkmanFinland3
Ioannis MitropoulosGreece3
Herman GlassUnited States3
Francesco MartinoItaly3
George GulackUnited States3
Savino GuglielmettiItaly3
Karl FreiSwitzerland3
Shin Jea-hwanSouth Korea3
George RothUnited States3
Nikolaos AndriakopoulosGreece3
Raymond BassUnited States3
Jean GounotFrance3
Feng JingChina3
Ryohei KatoJapan3
Manrique LarduetCuba3
Zhang BohengChina3
Frantisek BechacekCzechoslovakia3
Premysl KrbecCzechoslovakia3
Ernst GebendingerSwitzerland3
Ralf-Peter HemmannEast Germany3
Junichi ShimizuJapan3
Sergey FedorchenkoKazakhstan3
Jake DaltonUnited States3
Eleftherios KosmidisGreece3
Nicola BartoliniItaly3
Henricus ThyssenNetherlands3
Jan KarafiatCzechoslovakia3
Zhang HongtaoChina3
Cyril TommasoneFrance3
Stephen NedoroscikUnited States3
Kohei KameyamaJapan3
Andreas AguilarWest Germany3
Dong ZhenChina3
Andrea CoppolinoItaly3
İbrahim ÇolakTurkey3
Lan XingyuChina3
Francois HentgesLuxembourg3
Marcel LaluFrance3
Yann CucheratFrance3
Wang GuanyinChina3
Jani TanskanenFinland3
Joe FraserGreat Britain3
Noel BasFrance2
Walter TysallGreat Britain2
Wilhelm WeberGermany2
Josef WalterSwitzerland2
Zdenek RuzickaCzech Republic2
Jerzy JokielPoland2
Benjamin VaronianFrance2
John DuhaUnited States2
Josip PrimozicYugoslavia2
Giovanni CarminucciItaly2
Nobuyuki KajitaniJapan2
Jair LynchUnited States2
Anton FokinUzbekistan2
Lukas DauserGermany2
Omero BonoliItaly2
Olli LaihoFinland2
Bill DentonUnited States2
Matthias VolzGermany2
Jan KoutnyCzechoslovakia2
Al JochimUnited States2
Ovali RoveFinland2
William ErenbergUnited States2
Thomas XenakisGreece2
Charles KrauseUnited States2
William GalbraithUnited States2
Francois GangloffFrance2
Daniel KeatingsGreat Britain2
Koji YamamuroJapan2
Ralph BarthelEast Germany2
Ilie PopescuRomania2
Dmitry KasperovichBelarus2
Flavius KocziRomania2
Steven LegendreUnited States2
Hidenobu YonekuraJapan2
Alexander ShatilovIsrael2
Brandon O’NeillCanada2
Daniel CorralMexico2
Weng HaoChina2
Huang YubinChina2
Aleksandr SafoshkinRussia2
Aleksandr BalandinRussia2
Oleksandr VorobiovUkraine2
Ahmet OnderTurkey2
Deng ShudiChina2
Alex JeltkovCanada2
Zoltan SupolaHungary2
Adolfo TunesiItaly1
Lucien DemanetFrance1
Yang Tae-youngSouth Korea1
Benoit CaranobeFrance1
Mario LertoraItaly1
Peter KormannUnited States1
Koji SotomuraJapan1
Philippe VatuoneFrance1
Alphonse HigelinFrance1
Einari TerasvirtaFinland1
Fan BinChina1
Isao YonedaJapan1
Nile WilsonGreat Britain1
Christian KipferSwitzerland1
Guo LinyaoChina1
Masayuki MatsunagaJapan1
Hamilton SabotFrance1
Ferhat AricanTurkey1
Antoine RebetezSwitzerland1
Frank HauboldUnited States1
Albert BachmannSwitzerland1
Yury TsapenkoSoviet Union1
Tim DaggettUnited States1
Alex NaddourUnited States1
Petros PersakisGreece1
Giovanni LattuadaItaly1
Dmytro LeonkinSoviet Union1
Velik KapsazovBulgaria1
Jiri TabakCzechoslovakia1
Bohumil MorkovskyCzechoslovakia1
Stane DergancYugoslavia1
Ed CarmichaelUnited States1
Vladimir PortnoySoviet Union1
Hannu RantakariFinland1
Park Jong-hoonSouth Korea1
Artur DavtyanArmenia1
Ralph WilsonUnited States1
William KuhlemeierUnited States1
Fritz HofmannGermany1
Thomas ConnollyUnited States1
Yevgeny ShabayevRussia1
Denis KavenkovBelarus1
Yuri RyazanovRussia1
Yusuke TanakaJapan1
Ilia KovtunUkraine1
Adrian IanculescuRomania1
Charles TamayoCuba1
Alin JivanRomania1
Donnell WhittenburgUnited States1
Kim Han-solSouth Korea1
Andrey MedvedevIsrael1
Daisuke NishikawaJapan1
Emil SoravuoFinland1
Liang FuliangChina1
Robert GalHungary1
Yul MoldauerUnited States1
Daniel PurvisGreat Britain1
Harutyun MerdinyanArmenia1
Rhys McClenaghanIreland1
Brandon WynnUnited States1
Samir Ait SaidFrance1
Kazuhito TanakaJapan1
John OrozcoUnited States1
Oleg StepkoAzerbaijan1
Shi CongChina1
Marijo MoznikCroatia1
Sam MikulakUnited States1
Bart DeurlooNetherlands1
Brody MaloneUnited States1

(A) Individual medals at either Worlds or the Olympics count. 3 points for gold, 2 points for silver, 1 point for bronze.

(B) All discontinued events, with the exception of tumbling and triathlon, are included.

(C) Everyone that either won an individual Olympic medal or a world title should be on here. Some of the older Worlds medalists might have been missed, but as a general rule of thumb, all non-gold medalists from the 1990s-2000s onwards are here.

(D) It should be noted that, especially with gymnasts that competed in the first half of the 20th century and prior, some of this is incomplete and not all results are easy to find. I tried the best I could.

(E) Also of note, not all Olympics and World Championships are equal. For instance, the 1904 Olympics was basically US Nationals.

(F) Yang Tae-young and Gervasio Deferr are both listed twice. Yang is listed once with the 2004 AA gold and once with the bronze. Likewise, Deferr is listed once with the 2002 FX silver and once without.

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