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'King Kohei' Uchimura defends Olympic title in men's gymnastics individual all-around

Kohei Uchimura is shown here on the high bar in a composite of 13 consecutive photos taken at the Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 10, 2016. (Mainichi Photo/Masahiro Ogawa)

Japan's "King Kohei" Uchimura defended his Olympic title in the men's gymnastics individual all-around on Aug. 10, the sixth day of the Rio Summer Olympics, with a score of 92.365.

    The victory came on the heels of the Japanese men's gold medal in the team all-around just days before.

    This is the first consecutive gold medal victory by a Japanese gymnast in 44 years, since Sawao Kato's at the Mexico City and Munich Olympics in 1968 and 1972, respectively, and the fourth such case ever.

    Uchimura had fallen behind Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev -- who ultimately won the silver in the men's individual all-around -- but made a stunning comeback on the high bar, the final event. Uchimura scored 15.766 on the floor exercise, 14.900 on the pommel horse, 14.733 on the rings, 15.566 on the vault, 15.600 on the parallel bars, and 15.800 on the high bar.

    Ryohei Kato, meanwhile, came in 11th with a total score of 88.590. He scored 15.266 on the floor exercise, 14.900 on the pommel horse, 14.566 on the rings, 15.058 on the vault, 14.900 on the parallel bars, and 13.900 on the high bar.

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