Russian gymnast Nikita Nagornyy wins men's all-around gold at worlds

STUTTGART, Germany -- Nikita Nagornyy of Russia won his first men's all-around gymnastics title at the world championships Friday after his closest rival made a crucial error on the last rotation.

Nagornyy scored a total 88.772 points to win by 1.607 points over countryman Artur Dalaloyan, the 2018 champion.

It's Nagornyy's second gold medal after winning the team event with Russia on Wednesday.

Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine won the bronze with 86.973 points. He won all-around silver at the 2016 Olympics but had never before made the podium in this event at the world championships.

China's Xiao Ruoteng, the 2017 champion, was second before his last rotation on the high bar, but he made an error with his grip, lost momentum and came off. He placed fourth.

Nagornyy qualified for Friday's final in first place and was consistent across all six rotations. He posted the highest scores on the rings and vault, and avoided dropping below fifth on any other apparatus.

Six-time United States all-around champion Sam Mikulak, who made the final as the last qualifier, briefly looked a surprise contender for gold.

Mikulak led the scoring after three rotations with high-scoring routines on the parallel bars, but he later fell on the pommel horse and finished seventh.