Bull makes history in Tokyo

Tyson Bull has made Australian Men’s Artistic Gymnastics history, qualifying for the Horizontal Bar final at the Tokyo Olympics last night. With an impressive score of 14.433, Bull is the first individual to make an apparatus final.

Landing his full-twisting double layout dismount, Bull was clearly happy with his routine that landed him his highest international score.

The Horizontal Bar specialist was part of the second subdivision in Saturday’s qualification session that included Great Britain and home-town heroes, Japan. Needing to finish in the top 8, Bull ended his subdivision sitting nervously in 6th place.

A speechless Bull, said on qualifying, “It was a giant feeling of relief and excitement. It's been anything but smooth leading into the Games so I was just so stoked to hit that set. It's the highest difficulty score I’ve got on a world stage, so regardless of whether I made the finals or not, I was over the moon.”

Bull will now compete against Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto who placed first with a score of 15.033. Followed by Kazakhstan’s Milad Karimi (14.766), Croatia’s Tin Srbić (14.633), the United States’ Brody Malone (14.533), and the Russian Olympic Committee’s Nikita Nagornyy (14.466). Rounding out the top 8 is Japan’s Takeru Kitazono and Netherlands’ Bart Deurloo (14.400).

Unfortunately, Bull did not make the parallel bars finals, finishing 54 out of 70 with a score of 13.5666                                                                                                                                                        

Watch Bull make history on Tuesday, August 3 at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

To see the moment Bull qualified for the final, below