TOKYO (AFP) – Hosts China won a record sixth straight world men’s gymnastics team title Tuesday with their final performer overturning the lead of arch rivals Japan at the last moment.
China finished the six-apparatus team competition with 273.369 points, just 0.1 points ahead of Japan at the Guangxi Gymnasium in the southern China city of Nanning.
The United States came in third at 270.369.
China trailed Japan by nearly one point going into their final event, the high bar.
Japan’s Yusuka Tanaka and four-time world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura put on clean performances to earn the top two high-bar scores so far on the day, 15.266 and 15.400 respectively.
China were the last team left to perform on the night.
After national champion Deng Shudi and 19-year-old Lin Chaopan finished their routines, China’s gap with Japan was 15.866.