Uchimura, Japanese Men Lead Tokyo Worlds
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Two-time defending champion Kohei Uchimura and his Japanese squad are on top at the halfway point of the men's qualification at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships, which continued Sunday in Tokyo.

Kohei Uchimura (Japan)

Japan competed in the first of four subdivisions Sunday, topping the United States 364.291-361.583. The Japanese had the top score on still rings, parallel bars and high bar, but had a scary moment on floor exercise in the fifth rotation. Yusuke Tanaka stunned himself while performing a roll-out tumbling pass and had to stop his routine. Tanaka, who was leading the all-around until that point, scratched pommel horse in the sixth rotation.

Uchimura scored 92.256, even with a fall on vault. He had the top score of the day on parallel bars (15.391) and is currently second on high bar behind Tanaka, 15.600-15.533.

The United States had a near perfect outing, with only a few small mistakes on high bar in the sixth rotation. John Orozco nailed six events to outscore U.S. national champion Danell Leyva, 90.532-89.848. Defending all-around bronze medalist Jonathan Horton is currently fifth all-around, but only two gymnasts per country can advance to the final.

Three-time Olympian Marian Dragulescu impressed in his return for Romania, which is currently third with 350.900. Dragulescu has the top score of the day on floor exercise, 15.566, and is currently second on vault behind Japan's Makoto Okiguchi, 16.349-16.333.

Defending world champion Krisztian Berki (Hungary) leads pommel horse with 15.866, while Brazil's Arthur Zanetti has the top spot in the still rings qualification with 15.533.

The men's qualification competition continues Monday morning, with 2012 Olympic hosts Great Britain taking the floor.

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