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Kenzo Shirai came up short in his bid to become the first Japanese man in 44 years to win consecutive floor gold medals as he finished in second behind Russia’s Denis Abliazin in the men’s apparatus finals at the gymnastics world championships on Saturday.

Top qualifier Abliazin won the gold with 15.750 points, Shirai, who at 17 years old became Japan’s youngest gymnast to be crowned a world champion last year, scored 15.733 and Brazilian Diego Hypolito won the bronze with 15.700

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