China's Xiao Ruoteng wins gold in pommel horse at gymnastics worlds
Updated 10:29, 06-Nov-2018
Liu Ye
China's Xiao Ruoteng beat Great Britain's defending champion Max Whitlock in the tie-breaker to win the men's pommel horse gold at 2018 Doha Gymnastics World Championships on Friday.
Xiao, who lost gold in the all-around on a tiebreaker on Wednesday, finished the same score with Max Whitlock of 15.166 this time. Xiao ultimately took the gold as his execution score was higher than Whitlock's.
Xiao featured a difficulty score of 6.6, which was 0.50 points higher than the difficulty score of the routines he performed in qualifications of the all-around final.
"It's amazing. I'm the best," Xiao said after winning the title.
"Max is a superstar, but he made some mistakes. Apparently, the judges preferred my performance. It's my honor that the judges admired it. I think I had a better performance this time."
It is a second major individual silver medal for Max Whitlock in 2018. Whitlock admitted that the tiny error took him away from the gold medal. However, he will move forward to come back next year.
"Xiao Ruoteng did a great job today, he deserved it."
Lee Chih-kai claimed a bronze medal to win the first world championship medal for Chinese Taipei in a quarter-century.