Bars chain snaps on Becky Downie

GymFever linked to this routine.

Craig Tilly:

You can hear the chain snap when she does the Pak.

Actually, the Bars themselves were OK. Something in the anchor itself failed.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Seems they moved the Bars to the Horizontal Bar tie down after the men’s competition.

She re-did the routine for 14.350.

Update from Susanne in the comments:

Becky didn’t re-do her routine. She was given the opportunity but decided against it as her score from the botched routine still put her in second place behind Ruby Harrold.

FIG specs for tie downs are not sufficient. Not safe.

When, oh when, will a safer mechanism be required for FIG meets?

5 comments ↓

#1 lee on 03.17.14 at 3:31 am

Hi Rick,

Just to clarify. It wasn’t anything to do with an equipment malfunction. The anchor point into the concrete seemed to be old and the bolt holding it into the floor was with minimal thread. The sound you can hear is a bolt being pulled out of the casing in the ground a the bars and its cables were still in tact. Gymnova were not at fault, they did not fix the original floor plates to the concrete.

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#3 coach Rick on 03.17.14 at 9:28 am

Thanks for the clarification, Lee.

My ongoing point is that FIG should not approve any equipment with any single point of failure.

Anchors should be redundant. If any one segment of the support chain fails, a second chain should be there.

For example, Bar would have a minimum of 8 anchor points, not 4.

#4 Susanne on 03.17.14 at 5:20 pm

Becky didn’t re-do her routine. She was given the opportunity but decided against it as her score from the botched routine still put her in second place behind Ruby Harrold.

#5 Randy on 03.18.14 at 9:24 pm

I totally agree with you Rick. Safety should always come first. Athletes these days apply so much force to the equipment that a simple 2 point anchor for each cable should be a new FIG requirement for equipment suppliers and a new rule for all sanctioned gymnastics competition.

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