Uchimura's wait for team title ends

Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:23pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

GLASGOW (Reuters) - It was more a case of winning ugly than showcasing perfection but Kohei Uchimura finally helped Japan break China's stranglehold to capture the team gold medal at the gymnastics world championships on Wednesday.

In a competition riddled with errors but full of heart-pumping drama, Japan survived three falls -- including one by Uchimura in the final performance of the day on the horizontal bar -- to land their first world team title in 37 years.

Olympic all-around champion Uchimura's final score of 14.466 allowed Japan to edge hosts and surprise silver medallists Britain by 0.473.

While Japan scooped gold with a combined total of 270.818, Louis Smith, Brinn Bevan, Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis, Nile Wilson and Kristian Thomas earned Britain their first ever men's team medal at the worlds.

Britain's women had secured bronze 24 hours earlier.

China, who were unbeaten at the worlds since 2001, appeared to be out of the running when three scrappy performances on the pommel horse left them more than six points adrift of the leaders and in seventh after the second rotation.

But three sensational outings on the parallel bars, topped by Deng Shudi's score of 16.066, allowed China to stage a remarkable comeback and they snatched bronze with a combined total of 269.959.

Russia, the United States, Switzerland, South Korea and Brazil completed the final eight.   Continued...

Japan's Kohei Uchimura competes on the Pommel Horse during the men's team final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble