Zou Jingyuan wins parallel bars gold at Tokyo Olympics

Zou topped qualifying with a score of 16.166 but went even higher in the finals, giving him a gold to go with the bronze he won in the team competition last week.

Gold medallist Zou Jingyuan of China poses with his medal.   -  REUTERS

Zou Jingyuan of China has captured gold on parallel bars. Zou’s winning score of 16.233 was the highest on any event by any gymnast during the nine days of competition at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

Zou topped qualifying with a score of 16.166 but went even higher in the finals, giving him a gold to go with the bronze he won in the team competition last week.

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Lukas Dauser of Germany grabbed silver after posting a 15.700, just ahead of Ferhat Arican of Turkey, who took bronze.

American Sam Mikulak, competing in his third Olympics, finished sixth in the eight-man final. The 28-year-old Mikulak is retiring following a career in which he won six U.S. titles.

Meanwhile, all-around champion Daiki Hashimoto capped off the artistic gymnastics programme at the Tokyo Olympics by capturing another gold for Japan with a high-flying routine on the horizontal bar on Tuesday.

Following his triumph in last week's men's all-around competition, Hashimoto had been hailed in Japan for following in the golden footsteps of Kohei Uchimura, whose hopes of a medal at his home Games ended prematurely following a fall from the horizontal bar during qualifying round.

Hashimoto's victory on Tuesday will further burnish his name after he finished with a Tokyo medal haul of two golds and one silver.

Hashimoto's 15.066 points put him ahead of silver winner Tin Srbic of Croatia, with 14.900 and Nikita Nagornyy of the Russian Olympic Committee, who took bronze with 14.533.

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