Kohei Uchimura, U.S. women piling up gold at world gymnastics championships

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TOKYO — Kohei Uchimura spun off the pommel horse and smiled as he pulled himself upright.

American McKayla Maroney (center) is flanked by Germany's Oksana Chusovitina (left) and Vietnam's Thi Ha Thanh Phan after winning gold in the vault Saturday.  Bullit Marquez/Associated Press
Bullit Marquez/Associated Press
American McKayla Maroney (center) is flanked by Germany's Oksana Chusovitina (left) and Vietnam's Thi Ha Thanh Phan after winning gold in the vault Saturday.

Hey, he and the American women can’t win every gold medal at the world gymnastics championships.

McKayla Maroney gave the Americans a sweep of the first three gold medals at worlds by winning the vault title Saturday, and Uchimura took gold on floor exercise about 18 hours after becoming the first man to win three all-around titles.

“It just shows we are the best,” Maroney said. “We come for business and that’s what we want to do. We all work really, really hard for it.”

But other gymnasts do, too, and Uchimura and the Americans were nice enough to let them share in the loot, failing to win any more medals – let alone more gold – the rest of the day.

Jordyn Wieber was fourth on uneven bars, missing the bronze medal by about three-tenths of a point, and Gabby Douglas was fifth. Uchimura finished fifth on pommel horse after a fall and was sixth on still rings.

Viktoria Komova, of Russia, finally got her gold, winning uneven bars after going home with silvers in the all-around and team competition. Chen Yibing, of China, won his fourth title on still rings, and Krisztian Berki won his second consecutive title on pommel horse.

But there’s more heavy metal to be had today, and chances are good Uchimura and the Americans will get some of it. Wieber and Aly Raisman are both competing on balance beam and floor exercise, while Uchimura still has parallel bars and high bar to go.


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