The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Round-off 1/2 on, Layout 1.5 (Cheng)




Known as
Round-off 1/2 on, layout 1.5
Yurchenko 1/2 on, layout 1.5

Named after
Cheng Fei (CHN)

The Cheng. Typically the second vault of choice for the 3.5 gymnasts who are capable of performing it and will attempt to contend for major vault medals. Because of its sheer difficulty, the Cheng is the exclusive domain of only the most proficient vaulters in the world—and one or two misguided stragglers who will attempt it once internationally and then quit everything to go live in a shoe.

In the 2017 code update, the Cheng was given a lovely present of now being worth two tenths more than the Amanar, not huge but not insignificant either. Enough so that top vaulting gymnasts who have both an Amanar and a Cheng would at least consider that they might be best-served using the Cheng as their team-counting/AA-counting vault in qualification rather than the Amanar. The Cheng is basically Eve Harrington-ing the Amanar, is what I’m trying to tell you.

6.00 (2017—)
6.40 (2013–2016)
6.50 (2006-2012)

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