Classy Uchimura wins all-around gymnastics gold

Last Updated: Aug 02, 2012, 01:52 AM IST

London: Japan`s Kohei Uchimura put in a classy all-around performance to take gold in the men`s gymnastics at the London Olympics here Wednesday.

Uchimara put in five near-flawless routines, and despite a four-point landing on the floor, the Beijing silver medallist held on to win with 92.690 points.

"I`ve been aiming for this for a long time and now I have achieved it," Uchimara said. "It`s a dream."

"I have been world champion in the all-around three times in a row, but this is an different feeling. The Olympics are only once in four years so I have been waiting for this moment."

Marcel Nguyen of Germany scored 91.03 for an unlikely silver on the final rotation when Uchimara`s teammate Kazuhito Tanaka fell off the pommel horse.

"It`s amazing, it`s a dream come true. I had an difficult start. I started on pommel horse and that`s my weakest event, but it went better from apparatus to apparatus," Nguyen said.

America`s Daniel Leyva took the bronze after a strong final routine on the high bar, scoring 90.698.

British favourite Kristian Thomas`s challenge slipped on the vault, when he stumbled on landing a double pike to score 14.9.

A mid-16s score that he was expected to achieve would have placed him in medal contention.

As it was he finished seventh, on 89.406

IANS