Kohei Uchimura of Japan captured the gold medal in the men's individual all-around competition at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday. The latest victory gives him six consecutive all-around world titles.
No other athlete has won more than three all-around gold medals at the championships, which makes the Japanese sensation's prosperity even more impressive. Cuba's Manrique Larduet won the silver medal, and China's Deng Shudi rounded out the podium finishers.
Here's the complete list of results from Friday's action at the SSE Hydro:
|2015 World Gymnastics Championships: Men's All-Around|
|12||Arthur Oyakawa Mariano||BRA||87.966|
|20||Lucas De Souza Bitencourt||BRA||83.831|
|21||Cristian Ioan Bataga||ROU||83.589|
|24||Florian Landuyt||BEL||45.123 (inj.)|
Uchimura has set the gold standard in the men's all-around event since 2009. His run of dominance at both the world championships and the Summer Olympics moved him into rarefied air with the sport's all-time greats, a status only bolstered by Japan's team gold earlier in the championships.
In a sport where a champion can be determined by merely fractions of a point, his typically flawless performances often leave even his rivals in awe. He recently talked about the philosophy that's made his success possible, per Gary Morley and Yoko Wakatsuki of CNN.
"A lot of foreign athletes say, 'He performs like a machine.' I take it as a compliment," Uchimura said. "To me, moves and performances that are mechanical are perfect. A robot can be more accurate and exact in movement than human can every time."
In case anybody forgot how many times he's won the world title, he reminded people after another sublime showing, per Katie Bee:
Dawn Rhodes of the Chicago Tribune provided some further perspective about his current place within the world of gymnastics:
Though Uchimura's victory certainly didn't come as a surprise, the same can't be said about the runner-up finisher. Larduet wasn't viewed as one of the top contenders before posting solid scores across the board to claim silver.
It's the best result by a Cuban athlete in the men's all-around competition, as Rachel Axon of USA Today highlighted:
Deng, the bronze medalist, also ended a drought, this one of a much rarer variety, for China, which Nick Zaccardi of NBC Olympic Talk noted:
Donnell Whittenburg was the top American finisher in eighth place. Former U.S. all-around champion John Orozco commented on the performance of Whittenburg and fellow Team USA member Danell Leyva in the competition:
Now the focus for these gymnasts turns toward the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Success in the world championships is certainly noteworthy, but the global audience for the Olympics every four years is unmatched and it's where legacies are truly built.
Uchimura illustrated Friday that he's still the favorite. While it's hard to imagine his performance can become any more polished with another year of practice, his level of focus and determination is what's made him a dominant champion. Everybody else is playing catchup.