Uchimura, Mustafina bag all-around gymnastics golds

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 11:48 AM IST

Rotterdam : Japan`s Kohei Uchimura and Russia`s Aliya Mustafina won the all-around titles at the World Gymnastics Championships on Friday.

Uchimura claimed his second straight world all-around men`s title with a score of 92.331 after needing only 12.784 on his final event to win and easily clinching gold with 15.066.

He finished ahead of Philipp Boy of Germany to become the fifth man to win two world titles but only the second to claim them consecutively after Yang Wei in 2006 and 2007.

"I have been doing well in practice but to do the same in the event is a different thing," Uchimura told reporters.

"I was not thinking about winning gold twice in a row, I just wanted to finish each piece well."

The 16-year-old Mustafina finished ahead of Olympic team champion Jiang Yuyuan of China to give the Russians a second gold, two days after leading them to their first world title.

Mustafina established a big lead over her rivals and needed 14.000 on her final event, the floor exercise, to pass Jiang. Her brilliant routine produced 15.033 for a total of 61.032.

"My coach told me I could win this gold but I didn`t want to put too much pressure on myself and tried to stay as calm as possible," Mustafina said.

The bronze medals went to Americans Jonathan Horton, an Olympic silver medallist on the horizontal bar, and Rebecca Bross, who fought back after a fall off the beam.

Bureau Report