Uchimura, Komova Golden in Tokyo Event Finals
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Japanese superstar Kohei Uchimura won another gold medal Saturday at the world gymnastics championships in Tokyo, where several gymnasts clinched berths to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Uchimura, who won his third consecutive world all-around title on Friday evening, won the gold medal on floor exercise. He opened with a triple-twisting double tuck, which the judges originally mistook for a double-double, awarding him a lower Difficulty score. A successful inquiry pushed Uchimura to first for his first world apparatus title.

Uchimura, who qualified to five of six individual apparatus finals in Tokyo, showed he was human with errors on the other two events Saturday. He fell off pommel horse while attempting to upgrade his routine, showing two new skills. He also appeared tired on still rings, finishing sixth.

Hungary's Krisztian Berki (pommel horse) and China's Chen Yibing (still rings) successfully defended their world titles from 2010.

American McKayla Maroney won the gold medal on women's vault with near perfect execution. And after a controversial silver medal in the all-around, Russian star Viktoria Komova was untouchable for the title on uneven bars.

Five-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina, 36, won the silver on vault, her 11th world medal. Chusovitina now has won world medals in three different decades for three different nations, including vault silvers every 10 years: 1991 for the Soviet Union, 2001 for Uzbekistan and 2011 for Germany.

The apparatus medals also came with tickets to the 2012 Olympics for gymnasts from countries that did not advance to the Olympics or the pre-Olympic qualification, provided the gymnasts met the criteria. On men's floor exercise, Israel's Alexander Shatilov tied Brazil's Diego Hypolito for the bronze, qualifying him to the Olympics.

On women's vault, Phan Thi Ha Than burst into tears upon securing the bronze, which is not only her ticket to the Olympic Games but also the first world championship medal for a Vietnamese gymnast.

Competition concludes Sunday afternoon with the second day of apparatus finals.

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2011 World Gymnastics Championships
Oct. 15, Tokyo, Japan

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.McKayla Maroney6.59.30015.80015.300
2.Oksana Chusovitina6.38.76615.06614.733
3.Phan Thi Ha Than5.98.70014.60014.666
4.Jade Barbosa5.89.06614.86614.566
5.Giulia Steingruber6.38.60014.90014.450
6.Tatiana Nabiyeva5.88.76614.56614.349
7.Alexa Moreno6.38.43314.73314.216
8.Yamilet Peña5.38.60013.9006.950

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Viktoria Komova6.78.80015.500
2.Tatiana Nabiyeva6.68.40015.000
3.Huang Qiushuang6.78.13314.833
4.Jordyn Wieber6.38.20014.500
5.Gabrielle Douglas6.37.90014.200
5.Asuka Teramoto6.37.90014.200
7.Koko Tsurumi6.47.66614.066
8.Youna Dufournet6.36.34112.641

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Kohei Uchimura6.78.93315.633
2.Zou Kai6.98.60015.500
3.Diego Hypolito6.88.66615.466
3.Alexander Shatilov6.78.76615.466
5.Steven Legendre6.88.60015.400
6.Flavius Koczi6.78.63315.333
6.Tomas Gonzalez6.58.83315.333
8.Jake Dalton6.68.6330.115.133

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Krisztian Berki6.79.13315.833
2.Cyril Tommasone6.58.76615.266
3.Louis Smith7.08.06615.066
4.Vid Hidvegi6.48.60015.000
5.Kohei Uchimura6.77.83314.533
6.Prashanth Sellathurai6.67.73314.333
7.Saso Bertoncelj6.57.76614.266
7.Teng Haibin6.67.66614.266

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Chen Yibing6.89.00015.800
2.Arthur Zanetti6.59.10015.600
3.Koji Yamamuro6.78.80015.500
4.Matteo Morandi6.88.40015.200
5.Yuri van Gelder6.87.86614.666
6.Kohei Uchimura6.48.23314.633
7.Jonathan Horton6.18.20014.300
8.Regulo Carmona6.77.56614.266
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Rachel T said:

Amazing Chusovitina!
Congrats to McKayla! I also want to add that I think Chusovitina is absolutely amazing! I am so happy she won the silver. It is so hard to believe how she has continued to do so well after all these years. She needs to be highlighted for that.....love her!
October 15, 2011
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