Gymnastics: Japan's Uchimura wins fifth world all-around crown

Gymnastics: Japan's Uchimura wins fifth world all-around crown
Kohei Uchimura

NANNING, China - Japan's Kohei Uchimura won a record-stretching fifth straight all-around title at the world gymnastics championships Thursday in Nanning, China.

The 25-year-old 2012 London Olympic all-around champion, nicknamed "King Kohei" in the world of gymnastics, collected 91.965 points through six apparatus events with Britain's Max Whitlock second at 90.473.

Japan's Yusuke Tanaka was third at 90.449. After his second apparatus, the pommel horse, Uchimura never gave up his lead although 21-year-old Whitlock, the 2014 Commonwealth all-around champion, came 0.067 points behind him after the third rotation.

Arguably the greatest all-around gymnast of all time, Uchimura has been unbeaten since he finished runner-up to China's now-retired Yang Wei at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In 2004, he became the only gymnast, male or female, to win four world all-around titles. He is also the only to win three or more in a row.

He topped the table on floor exercise and vault with flawless landings while Whitlock dominated the pommel horse with 16.000 points.

Uchimura was the night's last performer and he steadily handled the high bar in complicated aerial moves.

He slightly stepped ahead in landing but it did not affect his overall lead at all.

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