Rio 2016: Japan clinch gymnastics gold as China fall short


Kohei Uchimura held his nerve to deliver a strong floor routine that wrapped up gymnastics gold for Japan in the men's team final at Rio 2016 on Monday.

With Kenzo Shirai (16.133) and Ryohei Kato (15.466) having laid the foundations for Uchimura to clinch the victory, Japan's star man posted a score of 15.600 to keep Russia at bay.

Russia led for much of the competition and were only overtaken by Japan heading into the final rotation, triggering a showdown on the floor.

But Russia were unable to claw back the lead following Japan's superb performance, and were ultimately left sweating on their final floor score to ensure second spot at China's expense. 

China, who won three of the previous four gold medals on offer in this event, had to settle for bronze thanks to a below-par display.

For defending individual all-around champion Uchimura, Japan's gold represents a personal triumph having been part of the teams that missed out to China in 2008 and 2012.

Great Britain had been in the running to challenge China for the bronze medal, but Louis Smith came off the pommel horse as he desperately sought a score that would trouble the Chinese.

That slip ended British hopes following their bronze four years ago, while hosts Brazil put in a creditable display as they finished sixth in front of a lively home crowd.

The United States finished fifth, with Danell Leyva coming off the high bar during the final rotation.