Uchimura claims record sixth all-around world title

Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:03pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

GLASGOW (Reuters) - When Kohei Uchimura capped a high-flying horizontal bar routine with a perfect landing on Friday, he instantly held up six fingers to the crowd confident that he had just won a record sixth all-around title at the gymnastics world championships.

The Japanese hero did not even bother to hang around for the judges' verdict to begin his celebrations, urging the crowd with both hands to cheer louder

When his score of 15.100 flashed up, it confirmed the victory and showed his margin of success over surprise Cuban silver medalist Manrique Larduet was 1.634 points after the Japanese amassed a combined 92.332 points across six apparatus.

"Winning today was totally different from my other victories because this is the first time I have won an all-around gold after winning the team title, so that I why I was so happy after the competition today," Uchimura said after being given a standing ovation by the Hydro Arena crowd.

While Uchimura picked up a ninth gold at the worlds, taking his overall medals tally to 18, Larduet reduced his coach to tears after becoming the first Cuban to win an all-around medal at the global meet.

The 19-year-old had qualified only in seventh place for the final but after Britain's Max Whitlock dropped out of contention to win a second successive silver medal following a crash landing off the horizontal bar, the Cuban kept his wits in the final rotation to finish second.

China's Deng Shudi fought back from eighth place at the half-way point of the competition to claim bronze -- his country's first medal in the individual event since Yang Wei won the second of his golds in 2007.

"This medal proves the important role I have in the Chinese team," Deng, who sports a massive scar on his right cheek, said.   Continued...

Japan's Kohei Uchimura reacts after his pommel horse routine during the men's all-around final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble