All, - Still Rings
Joseph Martinez, who was best in the wake of the World Championships
in 1903, is considered to be the first World Champion. In 1905 and 1907,
it could not be decide whether the rings should be swinging or not – therefore
the rings were simply left out.
and Italians led for a long time, until the small Slovene Leon Stukelj
came up and became Olympic
Champion and World Champion twice.
(At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin,
at the age of 38, he even achieved the silver medal, behind the
Czech Hudec, who achieved the Golden
The “power master” of the 1950'ies was the man with the little
Albert Asaryan, who started the longstanding
Soviet and Japanese dominance at the rings in 1954 and 1958.
Voronin, Nakayama, Andrianov, Dityatin
are the names of the most remarkable giants. The
always be remembered due to the fivefold World Champion and “Lord of the
In his footsteps the Hungarian
following, being the favourite for Ghent, but was beten there by
Jordan Jovtchev. The successful revenge came 2002 at his Hungarian home,
and in Anaheim 2003 dominated
but from Melbourne 2005 on dominates
Yuri van Gelder
as "King of the Rings" and won the very first medal for
the Netherlands. 2006 in Aarhus won
the third ring's medal for China and repeated this success in
YAN Mingyong is the reigning champion now ...
Champions all, Still Rings
from 1903 on)
.. before the political changes
at the beginning of the nineties: