Hashimoto wins men’s gymnastics all-round, Japan crowns new “king”


Tokyo — Daiki Hashimoto continued to grasp the Olympic men’s gymnastics all-purpose crown on Wednesday in a breathtaking style, with several spectators barking in the Ariake Arena and bitter China investigating.

Kohei Uchimura, the host country of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champions, chose not to keep the title in Tokyo, so he left his heir, Hashimoto, to step up.

The 19-year-old was not disappointed, scoring a total of 88.465 points, pushing 2017 world champion Xiao Ruoteng to second place.

Active world champion Nikita Nagornyy of Russia won the bronze medal.

With Xiao leading and all medal candidates finishing on the horizontal bar and entering the final rotation, Kim appeared to have returned to China for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

However, after that, Hashimoto, who participated last, created a spectacular routine and won the top mark of 14.933. This was enough to cross Xiao and take the lead on the podium.

When Hashimoto stepped up to take over, China submitted a survey on Xiao’s mark 14.066, which was considered too low.

A few minutes later, the inquiry was rejected and it was announced that the score had not changed.

Insulting the injury, the gold medal pushed Japan to the top of the Tokyo 2020 medal table beyond China.

It wasn’t a shock that the medals reached the final device and all the top four were within half-points in a quality field featuring active and two former world champions.

However, it was certainly surprising that gymnast Hashimoto, who has the thinnest resume, won the second medal at the Tokyo Olympics after leading Japan to the silver medal at a team event.

Steve Keating