Hiroyuki Tomita scored the highest mark of 16.000 points on the rings en route to capturing his fourth consecutive all-around title at the Gymnastics National Championships on Saturday. Tomita, the 2005 world champion, performed solidly in all six disciplines at Yoyogi National Gymnasium and finished a comfortable winner ahead of Kazuhito Tanaka. Tomita won his sixth national crown overall with a total of 92.350 points, 2.050 ahead of Tanaka. Yosuke Hoshi was third with 90.150 points. Isao Yoneda was eighth while Naoya Tsukahara took a fall in his final discipline on the pommel horse and ended up 20th. Koko Tsurumi won the women’s event with 59.500 while Miki Uemura, who shared the title with Tsurumi last year, finished tied for second with two others, Keiko Mukumoto and Manami Ishizaka.
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