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Gymnastics: Great Britain’s Whitlock gold in floor exercise; Uchimura, USA struggle

Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 9

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Max Whitlock of Great Britain celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men’s Floor Exercise on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Great Britain’s Max Whitlock has claimed his country’s first gold medal in gymnastics, beating two Brazilians in the men’s floor exercise final in Rio on Sunday.

Whitlock, 23, posted a 15.633 to edge Diego Hypolito (15.533) and Arthur Mariano (15.433), as Brazil took silver and bronze.

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura finished fifth.

Another disappointing session for men’s gymnastics saw Americans finish at or near the bottom of the pack.

Sam Mikulak finished eighth of eight and Jacob Dalton ended his day sixth.

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