Gymnastics: North Korea's Ri wins men's world vault gold

North Korea's Ri Se Gwang competes in the vault during the men's apparatus final.
North Korea's Ri Se Gwang competes in the vault during the men's apparatus final.REUTERS

GLASGOW (AFP) - North Korea's Ri Se Gwang won his second straight men's vault title at the world gymnastics championships on the final day of competition on Sunday.

Ri, 30, took the title ahead of former world champion Marian Dragulescu of Romania with Donnell Whittenburg of the United States taking bronze.

Ri scored a combined 15.450 points after his two vaults each with a different entry style, to finish 0.050 ahead of 34-year-old Dragalescu (15.400) who achieved his 10th world medal and first since 2009.

Whittenburg, 21, scored 15.350 for his second world bronze after his team medal earlier this week.

Russia's Denis Abliazin, the Olympic vault silver medallist, finished sixth in the eight man field.

Dragulescu first won his vault gold medal back in 2001, and last won in 2009, and has a vault - a handspring double front with half twist - named after him.

But despite his eight world titles - four on vault and four on floor - he has never won an Olympic title, prompting him to come out of retirement to compete in Rio 2016.