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Gymnastics: Japan's Kohei Uchimura takes all-around gymnastics gold

Updated: Wednesday, 01 Aug 2012 19:23

Kohei Uchimura won silver in Beijing but now has gold
Kohei Uchimura won silver in Beijing but now has gold

Four years after letting the title slip through his fingers, Japan's Kohei Uchimura finally won the Olympic gold medal he dreamed of to go with his three world crowns in the individual all-around gymnastics final.

Pre-Games favourite Uchimura left the Beijing Olympics with silver after falling twice from the pommel horse and the apparatus proved his downfall again in the team event here on Monday when Japan had to settle for second place.

Everything went superbly to plan for the 23-year-old at the North Greenwich Arena on Wednesday, however, and he finished 1.659 points ahead of an excited Marcel Nguyen, who took Germany's first silver medal in the event since the 1904 Games.

American Danell Leyva stormed back from a poor start with a roof-raising horizontal bar routine to snatch the bronze from Ukraine's Mykola Kuksenkov in the final rotation.

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
Full Table

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