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MELBOURNE, Australia (Kyodo) Japan’s Takehiro Kashima failed in his bid to successfully defend his pommel horse title and had to settle for the bronze medal at the World Gymnastics Championships on Saturday.

Kashima, the Athens Olympics bronze medalist, earned 9.687 points to finish behind winner Xiao Qin of China (9.850) and Romanian Ioan Silviu Suciu (9.700).

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