03. October 2013  
Antwerp, Belgium  

Exceptional athlete Kohei Uchimura with fourth gold for world record!

Olympic and already 3-times world champion since 2009,  Kohei Uchimura from Japan, won a record fourth all-around world championship today, beating Japanese compatriot Ryohei Kato in a final that had a sense of inevitability from the start. Uchimura opened with the best floor exercise of the six top qualifiers, and was in command the rest of the way. He mixed strength, poise and elegance in every discipline, setting himself apart from all gymnasts and reinforcing his reputation as the greatest in the history of the sport. Even though Uchimura already held the men’s record for all-around world titles, he still shared it overall with retired women’s great Svetlana Khorkina of Russia, who also won three. "I always do my own things," Uchimura said. "I don't think about rivals." Such is his mastery that he doesn't have to. Uchimura also qualified for the weekend floor exercise, high bar and parallel bar finals. In the contest for the other medals, Samuel Mikulak of the U.S. made a decisive error late in his high bar routine and instead of challenging for silver he ended up fifth.
Fabian Hambuechen of Germany started with a weak pommel horse routine, but his evening-long chase ended with a great floor exercise and the bronze medal. Uchimura finished with 91.990 points, almost a massive two points ahead of Kato, who had 90.032. Hambuechen finished with 89.332. Britain’s Max Whitlock was fourth with 89.031, followed by Sergio Sasaki Junior from Brazil (88,949), while Sam Mikulak plunged to sixth with 88.548.
Britain’s Max Whitlock and Daniel Purvis produced outstanding displays in the men’s all-around final at the 2013 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp to finish in 4th and 7th places respectively. The British boys both completed clean routines over the gruelling six apparatus and remained composed in the tense atmosphere to put themselves right up amongst the World greatest gymnasts