Hungary's Berki reclaims pommel horse world title

Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:46am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Hungary's Krisztian Berki made up for last year's disappointment by winning gold in the men's pommel horse at the world championships in southern China on Saturday.

The 2011 world champion, who also won gold in the event at the 2012 London Olympics, failed to defend his title in Belgium last year when he fell during qualification and missed out on a place in the final.

However, this time he breezed through qualification in Nanning and aced his final routine with a performance that earned him 16.033 points, well clear of Croatia's Filip Ude and Frenchman Cyril Tomassone.

"I am happy, very happy, no other words could describe it," the 29-year-old said after claiming his third global title in the discipline.

"It was a little bit hard to train and prepare again after last year," he added.

"I think people in Hungary would be pleased, my whole family will be happy for me and everyone will. Maybe it will encourage some teen gymnasts, I don't know.

"I know I said that I am not young anymore, so for the future I really don't know. But I will participate in Glasgow (2015 World Championships) and Rio (2016 Olympic Games), that can be sure."

American Simone Biles narrowly failed to add to her two gold medals from earlier in the championships, winning a silver in the women's vault final with an final total of 15.554 points.

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Krisztian Berki of Hungary competes on the pommel horse during the men's apparatus finals at the European Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastic individual Championships in Moscow April 20, 2013.  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov