October 31, 2015 / 2:35 PM / 2 years ago

Shirai wins floor exercise at worlds

GLASGOW (Reuters) - Kenzo Shirai produced a series of gravity-defying tumbles to win the floor exercise gold by a commanding margin at the world gymnastics championships on Saturday.

Japan's Kenzo Shirai competes during his floor routine in the men's apparatus final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Shirai capped his program full of daring and high-flying acrobatics with a quadruple twisting somersault at the end, securing a second world title in three years in the event.

A slight side step following one of his tumbling passes took nothing away from his routine as the Japanese was the only competitor to break the 16-point barrier with a score of 16.233.

Britain’s Max Whitlock claimed silver with 15.566 while Spain’s Rayderley Miguel Zapata Santana finished third.

Reporting by Pritha Sarkar; editing by Clare Fallon

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