Discover the Breaking

Discover the breaking, Olympic discipline and upcoming events for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Identity Card

Birth : Early 1970s in the Bronx, New York
Equipment : Sneakers, music
1st international competition : 1991 at the “Battle of the Year” in Hanover (Germany)
Number of breakers : Around 30 million worldwide
Olympic debut : Paris 2024

Breaking at Paris 2024

9 and 10 August 2024
Venue : La Concorde Urban Park
Participants : 32 (16 men, 16 women)

2 events
B-boys and B-girls battle

Competition format

A battle is a contest where b-boys or b-girls take turns performing tricks to music. This happens without physical contact between opponents. Generally, a battle consists of a fixed number of rounds (two to five) for each breaker, with a duration of between 45 to 90 seconds.

The elements of a battle in competition

  • a dance floor
  • b-boys or b-girls
  • an MC and a DJ
  • an odd number of judges (minimum three)
  • a head judge

In Paris, 1vs1 battles will take place in two stages: a round robin and the knock-out final phase.

For the round robin, the 16 athletes per gender are divided into four groups. Each athlete competes against the other three in two-round battles. The top two from each group (eight in total) qualify for the final phase.

The final phase comprises the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, the battle for the bronze medal and the final. In these knock-out battles, there are three rounds per breaker.

Throughout the competition, nine judges will decide between the breakers based on five faders: musicality, vocabulary, originality, technique and execution.

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