China’s Hu Xuwei upstaged Tokyo Olympic champion Daiki Hashimoto of Japan to win the horizontal bar gold medal on the final day of the 50th artistic gymnastics world championships. Hu received 15.166 points to edge Hashimoto by just .100 of a point. But the night really belonged to six-time all-around world champion Kohei Uchimura. A native of Kitakyushu, Uchimura was sixth with 14.600 points in what could have been his last world championships. Uchimura fell from the horizontal bar during the Tokyo Olympics and did not qualify for the final, won by Hashimoto. It was not how the 32-year-old legend wanted to end his career and if Sunday was his final performance it was one he could be proud of. He completed all the elements and had a clean landing, receiving a standing ovation.
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Rebeca Andrade of Brazil has added a world title to her Tokyo Olympic gold medal in vault and also won a silver medal in uneven bars at the gymnastics world championships. Andrade scored 15.133 points on her first vault and 14.800 on her second effort, a double-twisting Yurchenko, for a 14.966 average. Asia D’Amato of Italy took silver while all-around champion Angelina Melnikova of Russia was third. Andrade then added a silver medal by finishing second to China’s Wei Xiaoyuan in the uneven bars.
Angelina Melnikova of Russia won the women’s all-around final to claim the first gold medal of the gymnastics world championships. Melnikova built up a solid lead with high scores on the vault and uneven bars and finished with 56.632 points. Defending champion Simone Biles and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee of the United States are not taking part. Leanne Wong of the United States was second and American teammate Kayla DiCello won bronze. The gymnastics world championships are the first major international sports event to be held in Japan since the Olympics.