Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto backs Olympic gold with world win

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LIVERPOOL, England — Daiki Hashimoto of Japan won the men’s all-around title at the world gymnastics championships on Friday, giving the 21-year-old star a bookend to the gold he won at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

Hashimoto scored 87.198 overall to edge 2021 champion Zhang Boheng of China, who was second at 87.765, well ahead of bronze medalist Wataru Tanigawa of Japan at 85.231.

Hashimoto posted the top score on pommel horse in his second rotation and finished second in four other events – stationary rings, floor exercise, horse vault and horizontal bar – in a display of excellence that showed why he is the heir apparent to Japanese Kohei Uchimura. , double Olympic champion and six-time world champion.

Boheng, who won gold with his Chinese teammates in the team competition on Wednesday, made Hashimoto work for it. The 22-year-old attempted more difficult routines than Hashimoto in each of the last two events, but was knocked out by the judges for small deviations in execution.

Brody Malone of the US was fourth, the best performance by an American in the all-around at a world championship since Jon Horton won bronze in 2010. 18-year-old Asher Hong of the US finished sixth at his first world championship.

The encounter did not feature any competitors from Russia, the reigning Olympic team champion. Russia is currently banned from competing at events organized by the International Gymnastics Federation and the European Gymnastics Federation due to the war in Ukraine.

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