China claimed gold today in the men's team event at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships ©Getty Images

China capitalised on mistakes from Japan in the pommel horse, rings and parallel bars to claim the men's team title at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool for the 13th time.

Only Japan and Russia have defeated China in the event since 2003, with the nation winning seven of the last nine gold medals heading into the United Kingdom.

Over the six events, Japan only outscored their regional rivals in the floor exercise - with Daiki Hashimoto and Kakeru Tanigawa both scoring 14.500 to give their team a score of 43.366.

Britain were second and a low score for Sun Wei meant China were in third.

But elsewhere, the Chinese excelled, finishing top on every other event - with the exception of the vault, where they scored 43.332, the same as Japan.

The key differences between qualification and the final were the mistakes made by Japan, who finished top on their way to the final, but were seven points down on that effort when it mattered.

Tanigawa only scored 11.000 on the pommel horse and was the lowest-scoring member of his team on the parallel bars too with 14.300.

In the parallel bars, Zou Jingyuan posted a score of 15.766 - finishing far in front of anyone else.

A major fall on the high bar saw Hashimoto drop at least a point's worth on his score, with the gymnast not finding harmony on the rings either.

Zou and You Hao were the big scorers on the rings and parallel bars for China, aided by the work of Zhang Boheng who competed in all six events.

China finished on 257.858, finishing over four points in front of Japan with 253.395, who also had Ryosuke Doi and Wataru Tanigawa in their quintet.

Halfway through Britain were in last place, but pulled off a comeback to take the bronze medal with a total of 247.229, ahead of Italy's 245.995.

The key moment came when Yumin Abbadini fell on the pommel horse, meaning the Italian only scored 12.300, with Jake Jarman's 13.100 on the high bar helping Britain get across the line.

Britain were helped by the work of Joe Fraser on the high bar and parallel bars, scoring some of the best marks of the final, after finishing on just 10.466 on the pommel horse after a fall.

James Hall, Giarnni Regini-Moran and Courtney Tulloch were also part of the team.

As a result, the three medal-winning teams booked their spots in the event at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.