Japan's Kazuki Minami took silver in the men's floor exercise at the gymnastics world championships on Saturday, finishing in the same position as he did at the 2021 edition.

Minami logged 14.666 points to finish just 0.200 behind Artem Dolgopyat of Israel. Milad Karimi of Kazakhstan was third with 14.600 while Japan's men's all-around champion Daiki Hashimoto, who came second on the floor last year, ended seventh in Antwerp, Belgium.

"I came here to win the gold medal so I'm left feeling frustrated," said the floor specialist Minami, who was looking emulate his idol Kenzo Shirai, a three-time world champion for Japan on the apparatus.

Japan's Kazuki Minami performs in the men's floor exercise final en route to winning the silver medal at the  gymnastics world championships in Antwerp, Belgium, on Oct. 7, 2023. (Kyodo)

Minami's difficulty score of 6.5 was the highest in the eight-man final, but a step backward on his final landing proved costly in the execution score.

"I could manage the bare minimum," the 23-year-old said. "I'll hone my landings and hope to win the gold medal at the Paris Olympics."

Japan's Kazuki Minami (L) celebrates winning the men's floor exercise silver medal with gold winner Artem Dolgopyat of Israel (C) and bronze winner Milad Karimi of Kazakhstan (R) at the gymnastics world championships in Antwerp, Belgium, on Oct. 7, 2023. (Kyodo)

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