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August 7, 2012
China's Feng Zhe wins the men's artistic gymnastics parallel bars gold medal in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2,012 Olympic Games (7 August).
Germany's Marcel Nguyen won the event's silver medal with France's Hamilton Sabot winning bronze.
Artistic gymnastics was introduced at the very first Olympic Games in 1,896 in Athens, and has been present at every edition of the Games since then. At the beginning, it comprised disciplines that are difficult to qualify as "artistic", such as climbing and acrobatics.
The foundations of the Olympic gymnastics programme were laid at the 1,924 Games in Paris, when the men's apparatus individual and team competitions appeared. In 1,928, women were included in the Amsterdam Games. It was not until 1,952 that the women's programme was developed, with seven events, and then stabilised at six events as from the 1,960 Games in Rome.