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Japan's Shirai performs new technique to win Olympic bronze in vault

Kenzo Shirai successfully performs a "three-and-a-half twisting layout Yurchenko vault" in the men's vault final at the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 15, 2016. (A sequence of 15 photographs, Mainichi Photo/Masahiro Ogawa)
Kenzo Shirai pulls off his new technique in his first performance in the men's vault final at the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 15, 2016. (Mainichi Photo/Masahiro Ogawa)

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Japan's Kenzo Shirai spectacularly performed his new trick, a "three-and-a-half twisting layout Yurchenko vault," to score 15.449 and win a bronze medal in the men's vault on Aug. 15 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

If the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG)'s technical committee officially recognizes Shirai's new technique, it is expected to be named "Shirai 2." It will be the second technique to be named after Shirai's name in the vault, and if combined with such techniques in the floor exercise, there will be a total of five such tricks.

In the men's gymnastics vault, two-time reigning champion Ri Se Gwang of North Korea scored 15.691 to win the gold medal, while Russia's Denis Abliazin clinched the silver with 15.516.

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