Uchimura Untouchable as Men's Qualification Ends at World Championships
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Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura (Japan) held on to the top spot following the fourth and final session of men's qualification Tuesday at the world gymnastics championships in Antwerp.


Kohei Uchimura (Japan) on parallel bars in Antwerp

Uchimura, the three-time defending world champion, topped the individual all-around rankings by more than 2 points, scoring 91.924. He also was the only gymnast to qualify to three of the six apparatus finals. The reigning king of gymnastics qualified first to the final on high bar, third on floor exercise and tied for eighth on parallel bars.

U.S. champion Sam Mikulak, who competed in the first subdivision on Monday morning, remained in second with his total of 89.532. Japan's Ryohei Kato, jumped into third, scoring 89.474 in the final subdivision.

The apparatus leaders from the first day remained on top of their respective events with the exception of still rings, where Chinese newcomer Liu Yang took the lead with 15.866. Olympic champion Arthur Zanetti qualified second with 15.733.

Olympic pommel horse champion Krisztian Berki (Hungary), who competed his single event in the very last rotation of the last subdivision, fell and landed in 24th place. Two-time European champion Dan Keatings (Great Britain) also missed the final.

North Korea's Ri Se Gwang, who had been expected to battle Olympic champion Yang Hak Seon (Korea) for the vault title, risked two 7.4-Difficulty vaults and paid the price. He fell on his piked Dragulescu, stumbling forward and off the mat. He landed his other namesake vault, a full-twisting Tsukahara double back, but managed only third alternate to the final.

Teen twisting sensation Kenzo Shirai (Japan) still holds a strong lead on floor exercise as the only gymnast to score above 16.00 so far in Antwerp. Veterans Alberto Busnari of Italy, 35, is still the top qualifier on pommel horse, while 34-year-old Vasileios Tsolakidis holds the top spot on parallel bars.

2012 Olympian Daniel Corral held on to second place on pommel horse behind Busnari, becoming the first male gymnast from Mexico to qualify for a world championship final.

The Japanese were the most successful in men's qualification in Antwerp, earning 10 spots in the finals. The USA earned eight, China seven, Brazil six, Great Britain five and Germany four.

Competition continues Tuesday in Antwerp with the first two sessions of women's qualification. Click here for complete results of the men's qualification and a full schedule.

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