Uchimura Wins World Gymnastics Title

IAS Prelims 2023

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura has won a record sixth consecutive World title in the all-around men’s final at the Gymnastics World Championships Glasgow, Scotland.

The 26-year-old, also the reigning Olympic champion, scored 92.332 points after some nearly-flawless routines on six apparatus of floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars.

Manrique Larduet of Cuba won the silver medal with 90.698 points and China’s Deng Shudi finished third with 90.099.

Uchimura led Japan to their first world team title in 37 years when he also broke the 90-point barrier. He has collected 18 medals of any colour in six World Championships, nine of which are gold.

But Uchimura, who won the silver medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics, does not think that he is the all—time great gymnast despite making history.

Larduet, 19, was the first Cuban to medal in a world all-around final while Deng became the first Chinese to enter top three in worlds or Olympics since Yang Wei won the all-around gold in the Beijing Olympics.

Deng, who finished sixth in last year’s worlds, said this result will boost his confidence in the Rio Olympic Games.

American Donnell Whittenburg finished eighth after being added to the field when Belarus’ Dzmitry Barkalau withdrew.