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Epke Zonderland wins World title with high-flying high bar (video)

Epke Zonderland

Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands competes in the men’s horizontal bar final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)


They call him the “Flying Dutchman.” Again, everybody saw why on Sunday night.

The Netherlands’ Epke Zonderland won his third straight global championship on high bar with the most exciting routine of the World Gymnastics Championships in its final event.

“My own routine was so flawless,” he said. “I don’t know if it could have been any better at this stage.”

Zonderland wowed the Nanning, China, crowd with release moves before nearly sticking his landing. His difficulty score (7.7) was the highest of any routine in any event, men’s or women’s. As was his total score -- 16.225.

Zonderland improved on his 2013 World Championships-winning score of 16. He scored 16.533 to win the London Olympics (video here).

Here’s his routine from the 2013 World Championships:

High Bar
Gold: Epke Zonderland (NED) -- 16.225 -- 2012 Olympic champion; 2013 World champion; 2009, 2010 World silver medalist
Silver: Kohei Uchimura (JPN) -- 15.725 -- 2011, 2013 World bronze medalist
Bronze: Marijo Moznik (CRO) -- 15
4. Nile Wilson (GBR) -- 14.766
5. David Belyavskiy (RUS) -- 14.733
6. Nikolai Kuksenkov (RUS) -- 14.533
7. Zhang Chenglong (CHN) -- 14.366 -- 2010 World champion; 2011 World silver medalist
8. Jossimar Calvo Moreno (COL) -- 13.3

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