Rio 2016: Uchimura edges out Verniaiev in thrilling gymnastics showpiece


Kohei Uchimura lived up to his 'King' moniker with a supreme horizontal bar routine to snatch gymnastics all-around gold away from Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev on Wednesday.

The Japanese superstar trailed by almost a point heading into the final rotation, but it pitted him against Verniaiev on his rival's least-favoured apparatus and one which Uchimura is world champion in.

Verniaiev was a stuck landing away from causing a huge upset in the event, but he stumbled on dismount, after Uchimura had piled on the pressure with an enormous score of 15.800.

The turnaround meant Uchimura won by just .099 of a point. Great Britain's Max Whitlock took bronze behind the leading pair.