'King' Kohei still reigns in all-around gymnastics

Whitlock gymnastics medal

Another highlight in the pool will likely see Katie Ledecky add to her medal tally in the 4x200m freestyle relay for the United States, having smashed her own 400m freestyle record in taking gold Sunday and then won the 200m Tuesday.

It's been a long time since Japan's Kohei Uchimura finished an all-around competition in anything other than first place.

RIO DE JANEIRO Aug 10 Japan's Kohei Uchimura became the first gymnast in 44-years to win back-to-back Olympic all around titles on Wednesday. Had he matched Uchimura's marks for execution (a score that reflects the average of a five-judge panel after the high and low scores are tossed out), Verniaiev would have clinched gold. Brooks slowly inched up in the second rotation and then earned a strong 15.066 on the parallel bars to put him within striking distance of the podium at the halfway point. Britain s Max Whitlock won bronze in the Rio Olympic Arena.

One little hop at the end of the final routine of the final rotation at the end of more than two hours of an edge-of-your-seat breathtaking Olympic Games men's all around final decided the gold medal.

The 27-year-old scored 92.365 points to extend his combined winning streak at the Olympics and the world championships to eight.

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When BBC interviewed him in 2013, Uchimura namedropped Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as an inspiration.

"I knew he was ahead but I wasn't calculating points or anything. I really admire that", he told BBC.

Whitlock gymnastics medal
GETTYKohei Uchimura is the Olympic champion

Yet Uchimura, the world champion on high bar, put on a spectacular show.

American cyclist Kristin Armstrong competes in the individual road time trial on Wednesday. His level of skill was not as high as Uchimura's, which is why the gold medal eluded him.

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"It was tough. We were close to taking gold and I didn't have to think about it", said Uchimura.

"There are no weak athletes in this sport, but the fact that we compete with this legend, with this guy who already since 2009 does not give up, would not let go of this title, I think that this is the coolest thing in the world", said Verniaiev.

Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya DiRado and Katie Ledecky of the US swimming team wave to fans after receiving their gold medals.

Uchimura won with a total of 92.365.

Japan also join the Soviet Union on a record six Olympic titles in the event. Kazakhstan claimed its first-ever swimming medal - a gold one, at that - when Dmitriy Balandin pulled off a stunning upset in the 200 breaststroke.



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