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Kenzo Shirai outshone illustrious compatriot Kohei Uchimura to claim gold on the floor as Japan claimed their third gold at the world gymnastics championships on Saturday.
ANTWERP, Belgium: Kenzo Shirai outshone illustrious compatriot Kohei Uchimura to claim gold on the floor as Japan claimed their third gold at the world gymnastics championships on Saturday.
Competing in his first world championships Shirai, nicknamed "Mister Twist", became the first athlete to perform a quadruple twist at a major event.
The 17-year-old, who had already dominated the qualifying round, took his first world title with 16.000 points ahead of American Jacob Dalton, who achieved 15.600.
Olympic champion Uchimura, who won an unprecedented fourth world all-around title this week, had to settle for bronze in an event where he was world champion in 2011. He scored 15.500 points.
It was a golden day for Japan with Kohei Kameyama confirming his country's gymnastics domination by winning gold on the pommel horse.
Kameyama scored 15.833 points as Japan's medal tally reached five.
Britain's Max Whitlock and Daniel Corral Barron of Mexico shared silver after both finished with 15.633 points, as Olympic champion and 2010 world champion Krisztian Berki of Hungary failed to qualify for the final.
In the women's appartus finals, defending vault champion McKayla Maroney of the United States retained her world title ahead of newly-crowned all-around champion Simone Biles.
Olympic silver medallist Maroney scored 15.724 with compatriot Biles, 16, achieving 15.595 to take the runner-up spot in her first senior competition and North Korea's Hong Un-Jong 15.483.
China's Huang Huidan won the uneven bars title.
The 17-year-old scored 15.400 points to finish ahead of American Kyla Ross (15.266) and Russia's Aliya Mustafina (15.033), the reigning Olympic champion, and world champion on the apparatus in 2010.
It has been disappointing for 19-year-old Mustafina, the most decorated gymnast at the 2012 London Olympics, as she won a second bronze to add to her all-around third spot.
Biles finished fourth, as China's Yao Jinnan, who had topped the qualifying round, finished sixth after falling off the apparatus.
The men's vault, parallel bars and high bar titles will be decided on Sunday, along with the women's beam and floor events.