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[JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] Gymnast Daiki Hashimoto Claims All-Around World Title

"I'm very happy to win here. I would like to say thank you for people supporting me," Daiki Hashimoto said after winning his first world title in the event.



Daiki Hashimoto celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's all-around final at the 2022 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England, on November 4. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

Gymnast Daiki Hashimoto returned to the summit of his sport on Friday, November 4.

Hashimoto triumphed in the men's all-around final at the 2022 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool, England. He received 87.198 points for his strong efforts in six disciplines, placing first on the pommel horse and second in the still rings, floor exercise, vault and high bar. He was fourth on the parallel bars in the 24-man final.

The 2021 Olympic men's all-around champion placed ahead of China's Boheng Zhang (86.765 points) and compatriot Wataru Tanigawa (85.231). 

Zhang edged Hashimoto by 0.017 points to win the world title in October 2021 in Kitakyushu.

This time, Hashimoto had a more consistent performance, placing in the top two in five of six disciplines. Zhang was in the top two in three disciplines.

As a result, a Japanese gymnast authored the latest best-of-the-best story on the global stage. (Prior to Hashimoto's aforementioned gold at the delayed Tokyo Games in 2021, Japan's recent history includes remarkable success in the event: six world titles and two more at the Olympics by now-retired legend Kohei Uchimura.)

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Author: Ed Odeven


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