Shirai wins floor exercise at worlds

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Posted: Oct 31, 2015 10:34 AM

GLASGOW (Reuters) - Kenzo Shirai produced a series of gravity-defying tumbles to win the floor exercise gold by a commanding margin at the world gymnastics championships on Saturday.

Shirai capped his program full of daring and high-flying acrobatics with a quadruple twisting somersault at the end, securing a second world title in three years in the event.

A slight side step following one of his tumbling passes took nothing away from his routine as the Japanese was the only competitor to break the 16-point barrier with a score of 16.233.

Britain's Max Whitlock claimed silver with 15.566 while Spain's Rayderley Miguel Zapata Santana finished third.

(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar; editing by Clare Fallon)