Japan claimed three gold medals on Saturday and Sunday, at the world gymnastics championships in Antwerp, Belgium, with Kohei Uchimura, Kenzo Shirai and Kohei Kameyama dominating the parallel bars, the floor and the pommel horse.
On Sunday, Kohei Uchimura won his first gold in the parallel bars, while on Saturday Shirai, also known as “Mister Twist”, became the first athlete to perform a quadruple twist at a major event.
It was the first time for Shirai, the 17-year-old athlete, to compete in a world championship, where he took 16.000 points, compared to the next best athlete on the floor, American Jacob Dalton, who achieved 15.600.
At the pommel horse category, Kameyama scored 15.833 points as Japan’s medal tally reached five, the international press reports.
British Max Whitlock and Mexican Daniel Corral Barron 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 apparatus finals, defending vault champion McKayla Maroney of the United States retained her world title ahead of newly-crowned all-around champion Simone Biles.
China’s 17-year-old Huang Huidan won the uneven bars title, scoring 15.400 points and finishing ahead of American Kyla Ross (15.266) and Russia’s Aliya Mustafina (15.033).